Bike Parking Strategy

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Thank you for your involvement

We continue to make great progress towards finalizing the Bike Parking Strategy and are currently refining the draft outcomes and recommendations prior to going to Transportation Committee and Council in April. Resident feedback has been an important part of our engagement process as we develop a Bike Parking Strategy that will ensure the City is able to meet current and future demand for bike parking, and in doing so promote and encourage cycling.

We recently hosted another virtual public workshop on Thursday, February 18th in order to present the draft outcomes and receive feedback. The discussion and feedback were very informative as we aim to close the loop on this phase of consultation in preparation for finalizing everything for April.

Some of the key updates to-date are as follows:

  • 17 stakeholder meetings during the first phase of consultation which involved gathering perspectives related to bike parking and identifying issues and opportunities
  • Our Bike Parking Strategy survey was available from July 24 to September 7, 2020. Thank you to all who participated.
  • Public workshops were held during the week of October 19th, 2020 and the slide deck from the presentation has been published.
  • You can check out the ‘As We Heard It report summarizing the consultation feedback from the first phase of consultation
  • 19 stakeholder meetings during the second phase of consultation which involved gathering feedback on the draft outcomes. The slide deck from the February 18th workshop has been published.

Next Steps:

  • The Bike Parking Strategy is expected to be presented to Transportation Committee and Council in April 2021

Background

Ottawa is increasingly becoming a biking city. As more and more residents are cycling, it has become clear that we need to ensure we have the supports in place to make the experience a positive one. This includes a Bike Parking Strategy that allows for convenient and accessible bike parking in our urban core.


Why do we need a Bike Parking Strategy?

In 2019, the City wrapped up an update to the Municipal Parking Management Strategy. This was an opportunity for us to look at how we manage our public parking facilities, policies, and revenues. During that process, we heard that there were a desire and a need to look at how bike parking is managed in the City. In some areas, the demand for bike parking exceeds the facilities that are provided and there are opportunities that exist to continue to promote and encourage cycling. This all requires a defined program and objectives.

We will be looking to the community to help shape our new Bike Parking Strategy. Specifically, we will be looking for input on bike parking in the public right-of-way and at City facilities (parks, recreation centres, parking lots, etc.).

What Can We Expect from a Bike Parking Strategy?

This is an important opportunity to shape the way our City responds to the needs of our residents. Even if you aren’t a cyclist, the Strategy we are developing will impact the way our community looks, where parking is installed, and how our streetscape looks. We are asking residents, stakeholders and Councillors to help build a Bike Parking Strategy that includes:

  • Criteria for the location of bike parking;
  • Criteria for the type of bike parking;
  • Criteria or warrants for determining when bike parking should be installed;
  • Data collection methodologies; and
  • Defined operational requirements and roles related to the installation and maintenance of bike parking.

Thank you for your involvement

We continue to make great progress towards finalizing the Bike Parking Strategy and are currently refining the draft outcomes and recommendations prior to going to Transportation Committee and Council in April. Resident feedback has been an important part of our engagement process as we develop a Bike Parking Strategy that will ensure the City is able to meet current and future demand for bike parking, and in doing so promote and encourage cycling.

We recently hosted another virtual public workshop on Thursday, February 18th in order to present the draft outcomes and receive feedback. The discussion and feedback were very informative as we aim to close the loop on this phase of consultation in preparation for finalizing everything for April.

Some of the key updates to-date are as follows:

  • 17 stakeholder meetings during the first phase of consultation which involved gathering perspectives related to bike parking and identifying issues and opportunities
  • Our Bike Parking Strategy survey was available from July 24 to September 7, 2020. Thank you to all who participated.
  • Public workshops were held during the week of October 19th, 2020 and the slide deck from the presentation has been published.
  • You can check out the ‘As We Heard It report summarizing the consultation feedback from the first phase of consultation
  • 19 stakeholder meetings during the second phase of consultation which involved gathering feedback on the draft outcomes. The slide deck from the February 18th workshop has been published.

Next Steps:

  • The Bike Parking Strategy is expected to be presented to Transportation Committee and Council in April 2021

Background

Ottawa is increasingly becoming a biking city. As more and more residents are cycling, it has become clear that we need to ensure we have the supports in place to make the experience a positive one. This includes a Bike Parking Strategy that allows for convenient and accessible bike parking in our urban core.


Why do we need a Bike Parking Strategy?

In 2019, the City wrapped up an update to the Municipal Parking Management Strategy. This was an opportunity for us to look at how we manage our public parking facilities, policies, and revenues. During that process, we heard that there were a desire and a need to look at how bike parking is managed in the City. In some areas, the demand for bike parking exceeds the facilities that are provided and there are opportunities that exist to continue to promote and encourage cycling. This all requires a defined program and objectives.

We will be looking to the community to help shape our new Bike Parking Strategy. Specifically, we will be looking for input on bike parking in the public right-of-way and at City facilities (parks, recreation centres, parking lots, etc.).

What Can We Expect from a Bike Parking Strategy?

This is an important opportunity to shape the way our City responds to the needs of our residents. Even if you aren’t a cyclist, the Strategy we are developing will impact the way our community looks, where parking is installed, and how our streetscape looks. We are asking residents, stakeholders and Councillors to help build a Bike Parking Strategy that includes:

  • Criteria for the location of bike parking;
  • Criteria for the type of bike parking;
  • Criteria or warrants for determining when bike parking should be installed;
  • Data collection methodologies; and
  • Defined operational requirements and roles related to the installation and maintenance of bike parking.
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