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City to link Laurier Bike lanes with Albert Street pathway

A new link is on the way for cyclists to get between the Albert Street pathway and the Laurier Avenue segregated bike lanes.

The City and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board have proposed a temporary pathway that runs through the school board grounds bounded by Slater Street, Laurier and Bronson Avenue.

Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury told CFRA he hopes this will convince more people to cycle to work.

"What we want is to improve cycling conditions," he said. "We want more people to use their bikes and to do that, we have to promote their use and promote various segregated aspects of it, just like the Transitway for buses. If the buses were stuck in traffic everywhere, the Transitway wouldn't exist. The flow wouldn't be the same, so we're doing the same thing for cycling. It's a great investment and we're getting a lot of users that way."

The temporary pathway makes way for a permanent raised bike lane on Slater once the construction of the Confederation light rail line is completed.

May is Bike to Work Month. As part of the city's Safer Roads Program, Causeway will be providing free bike safety inspections and adjustments in front of City Hall this month.

They will be in Marion Dewar Plaza Monday to Friday from 10 to 4 p.m.

Causeway is a non-profit group that provides training and employment opportunities for those facing barriers to employment.

The city's month long Bike to Work campaign features a number of cycling-related event, including Ottawa Public Health's Gear Up, Check Up and Ride Saturday May 10th, where residents can learn how to get fit for a safe and healthy bike ride.

If you cycle to work, you can register here to be entered to win many prizes, including a new bike and Via Rail passes.

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