The Chaudière Bridge joins Gatineau with Ottawa. It connects other cycling arteries, such as the NCC Ottawa River pathway and the NCC Voyageurs pathway.
1. Cyclists have to ride up against a concrete wall
To separate cars from pedestrians, there is a concrete wall that cyclists need to ride up against. This provides no buffer, so cyclists need to take the entire lane, which is difficult in fast-moving traffic.
2. Cyclists have to merge with cars in fast moving traffic
Going north towards Gatineau, two lanes become one just before the train bridge, and cyclists need to merge with fast moving traffic.
3. Bad surface
The surface of the road north of the bridge forces cyclist to weave into the lane. This is difficult when traffic is backed up in rush hour.
- since the length of road needs to merge from two lanes to one to clear the narrow bridge, have the entire length be just one lane. Use the remainder space for a dedicated bicycle lane.