The documentation useful when doing bicycle advocacy research in Ottawa is scattered and often hard to find. This page tries to bring it all at one place. The documents are all copies, so if the original link disappears, there’s a copy here.
None of the documents here is a private publication or a license that forbids redistribution. For each document, there’s a preview (so have an idea what it might look like first), format and size.
If you have more documentation you’d like to contribute or you think is missing, mail your bicycle librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Functional online maps are actually hard to come by. Here are some suggestions.
|City of Ottawa 2006/2007 map
This is the only PDF version of this map to be found (strangely not linked anywhere on ottawa.ca, but hosted here). It appears to be a draft, and misses the legend and other parts.
|City of Ottawa online map
This is an interactive map that is usable in the basic mode if you are patient. Perhaps the “full featured eMap” version works for you, it has never for me.
|Online map here.|
|City of Ottawa paper map
This is probably worth your $2.00, although it is now out of date. Includes NCC and City of Ottawa paths.
|National Capital Commission bicycle map.
Available online here. I’m not sure why you’d want to use the interactive map which is there too.
The NCC gives away free paper versions.
Ottawa Cycling Plan
This is the complete Ottawa Cycling Plan, January 2008. This comes from the City of Ottawa here. This shows where we are and what the plan is for construction of a network of bicycle routes.
|Ottawa Cycling Plan, January 2008
This is the complete document. This is pretty large, you might want the broken out plates below, which are probably most interesting.
|Figure 3-2a Existing Facilities - Whole city||PDF, 1.2M|
|Figure 3-2b Existing Facilities- Centre||PDF, 1.1M|
|Figure 3-2c Existing Facilities – West||PDF, 645K|
|Figure 3-4a Network Concept – Whole City||PDF, 1.2M|
|Figure 3-4b Network Concept- Centre||PDF, 1.0M|
|Figure 3-4c Network Concept – West||PDF, 620K|
|Figure 6-1a Network Facility Types – Whole City||PDF, 1.2M|
|Figure 6-1b Network Facility Types – Centre||PDF, 1.0M|
|Figure 6-1c Network Facility Types – West||PDF, 626K|
It is remarkable how difficult it has been to get these documents. The city doesn’t post these online, and my access to information request went nowhere. At some point I was found a contact at the city who sent me to the library to get copies of these public documents, but fellow cyclist Peter Brebner scanned and emailed these versions. OBP does have the technology.
These are other documents.
This is a 6-page guideline published in March 2009 by the city to explain how construction projects should deal with cycling facilities.
This is a collection of proposals and technical drawings of various projects throughout the city.
This is the flyer that explains the proposal to reinstall the bike lane on Hemlock from Marier to St. Laurent.
|Flyer from Spring, 2011|
Carling and Bronson
This is the proposal to reconstruct Carling between the O-Train bridge and Bronson, which is to have bicycle lanes as per the OCP.
This won’t be built until at least 2012.
|This is an overview map of the area.|
|The plan, as of February 16, 2011.|