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City to study future of multi-use pathways

Councillors on the city's Transportation Committee want more study on the future of multi-use pathways, in light of increasing conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians.

Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko told CFRA's Madely in the Morning part of the solution is etiquette.

"For the pedestrian - you're choosing a path knowing it's a multi-use path, not a sidewalk, so you have to be aware," he said. "You can't suddenly stop and cross over and look at the ducks on the canal or say 'hey! There's a bench over there,' and dart across the path. You've got to be aware you are on a path that is going to have cyclists as well."

Chernushenko said cyclists also need to give fair warning to pedestrians and they need to check their speeds.

"There is a speed limit, but it's really an advisory thing and you see almost no signage and it's miniscule," he said. "You'd have to try really hard to see that there is a speed limit there."

"I think both Ottawa and the NCC have to agree on if it's going to be a 20 kilometre an hour limit that's there now, posting that much larger, clearer, more often, and then when necessary, having more spot enforcement, just like we do on roads," he added.

City staff are looking at a few other options, including making the pathways wider or even building two narrow paths, one for cyclists, the other for walkers.

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