Bike Parking Strategy

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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?

Last year, 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 will be asking residents, stakeholders and Councillors to 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.

Why Should You Participate?

Your feedback is critical and will make the Strategy both meaningful and unique to Ottawa. We’re asking you to tell us more about your current biking experiences, and where and why you might need to park your bike.

We’re asking you to share information related to your experiences and to bring your ideas and suggestions forward. How is the current situation in Ottawa working (or not working) and what can be done moving forward? We want to hear from you!

Get Involved

Resident feedback is an important part of our engagement process. We welcome and encourage your feedback 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.

  • Our Bike Parking Strategy survey was available from July 24 to September 7, 2020. Thank you to all who participated. Stay tuned for an ‘As We Heard It’ report to be published after the public consultation period.
  • All residents are invited to one of our public workshops (held virtually) to discuss the Bike Parking Strategy. These workshops will be held on the following dates/times:
    • Tuesday, October 20th – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Thursday, October 22nd – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (French Session)
    • Thursday, October 22nd – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The virtual public workshops will be moderated by a facilitator over a 1.5-hour period. Our focus will be specifically on the development of our City’s Bike Parking Strategy. Guests will be invited to share their feedback and recommendations on bike parking in a group setting. Residents are asked to register for only one session to ensure as many residents have the chance to participate in the development of our Bike Parking Strategy as possible.

Registration will remain open until Friday, October 16th. Please Register Here to confirm your spot.

You can also email our project team found in the who's listening widget directly with your ideas or feedback.

What is Next for the Bike Parking Strategy?

Public workshops will be held the week of October 19th. Residents are encouraged to participate and provide feedback on the development of Ottawa’s Bike Parking Strategy. Please register here by Friday, October 16th to confirm your attendance.

Additionally, we will be sharing an ‘As We Heard It’ report on some of the feedback we have heard from you so far. It will be published to this page following the public consultation phase.

In the meantime, we will continue our work behind the scenes to collect data, to learn more about other cities and their policies, to meet with key stakeholders, and to meet with our Councillors. We will be focused on identifying the current state of things to help us to identify gaps and opportunities in our existing program. The data collection and research phase will feed into draft recommendations and later, into a report to Council. All phases are supported by ongoing consultation with project stakeholders and the public.

  • As-Is Analysis, data collection, and research (March to September)
  • External consultation (July to October)
  • Final report (Spring 2021)

Throughout the development of the Bike Parking Strategy, we will be updating this website with more information. Please, check back often.

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?

Last year, 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 will be asking residents, stakeholders and Councillors to 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.

Why Should You Participate?

Your feedback is critical and will make the Strategy both meaningful and unique to Ottawa. We’re asking you to tell us more about your current biking experiences, and where and why you might need to park your bike.

We’re asking you to share information related to your experiences and to bring your ideas and suggestions forward. How is the current situation in Ottawa working (or not working) and what can be done moving forward? We want to hear from you!

Get Involved

Resident feedback is an important part of our engagement process. We welcome and encourage your feedback 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.

  • Our Bike Parking Strategy survey was available from July 24 to September 7, 2020. Thank you to all who participated. Stay tuned for an ‘As We Heard It’ report to be published after the public consultation period.
  • All residents are invited to one of our public workshops (held virtually) to discuss the Bike Parking Strategy. These workshops will be held on the following dates/times:
    • Tuesday, October 20th – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Thursday, October 22nd – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (French Session)
    • Thursday, October 22nd – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The virtual public workshops will be moderated by a facilitator over a 1.5-hour period. Our focus will be specifically on the development of our City’s Bike Parking Strategy. Guests will be invited to share their feedback and recommendations on bike parking in a group setting. Residents are asked to register for only one session to ensure as many residents have the chance to participate in the development of our Bike Parking Strategy as possible.

Registration will remain open until Friday, October 16th. Please Register Here to confirm your spot.

You can also email our project team found in the who's listening widget directly with your ideas or feedback.

What is Next for the Bike Parking Strategy?

Public workshops will be held the week of October 19th. Residents are encouraged to participate and provide feedback on the development of Ottawa’s Bike Parking Strategy. Please register here by Friday, October 16th to confirm your attendance.

Additionally, we will be sharing an ‘As We Heard It’ report on some of the feedback we have heard from you so far. It will be published to this page following the public consultation phase.

In the meantime, we will continue our work behind the scenes to collect data, to learn more about other cities and their policies, to meet with key stakeholders, and to meet with our Councillors. We will be focused on identifying the current state of things to help us to identify gaps and opportunities in our existing program. The data collection and research phase will feed into draft recommendations and later, into a report to Council. All phases are supported by ongoing consultation with project stakeholders and the public.

  • As-Is Analysis, data collection, and research (March to September)
  • External consultation (July to October)
  • Final report (Spring 2021)

Throughout the development of the Bike Parking Strategy, we will be updating this website with more information. Please, check back often.

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