This topic is for cyclists travelling east on Innes Rd. The designated City of Ottawa cycling route has cyclists turning left onto Innes, rather than straight on the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass. There are two lanes for straight-through traffic, and two left-turn lanes.
The speed limit is 80km/hr.
Cyclists are expected to take a left (from Innes onto Innes), but need to get to the middle of four lanes.
This is difficult to shift from the right shoulder to the right of the left turn lanes when there is 80km/hr traffic going straight through the lights.
Also, the signals are not useful for cyclists.
Once a cyclist does get into the turning lane, he has no way to trigger the signal to get a green light to turn let, so invariably he ends up waiting for cars to accumulate who can trigger the sensor. That wait is dangerous as he has traffic whizzing by on the right, with drivers accelerating so they make it through before their light goes yellow.
The curve of the road can also confuse drivers into thinking that the cyclist in the middle of the road (possibly alone) is supposed to be on their right.
- Add a bicycle box in front of the left turn stop line.
- Lower the speed limit before the intersection
- Add a designated bicycle lane on the road that shows that bicycles are supposed to cross
- Signs that indicate that cars should yield to cyclists
- Add a bike-only sensor on the right that will trigger a special left turn, which gives a red for straight-through traffic, and allows bicycles to stay on the right lane through the intersection.