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.

Public workshops (held virtually) were held during the week of October 19th, 2020 to discuss the Bike Parking Strategy. Guests were invited to share their feedback and recommendations on bike parking in a group setting. You can view the slide deck from the presentation. In the coming weeks we will be publishing an As We Heard It report which summarizes what we heard from both the public and stakeholders since the consultation phase commenced in early Spring 2020.

There’s still time to provide feedback. You can also email our project team found in the ‘who's listening’ widget directly with any further comments.

Moving forward, we will continue to share information related to this project. Information will be posted to this site and we will also share updates via e-mail. If you are interested and would like to ensure you receive any updates, please reach out to a member of the project team with your contact information.

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.

Public workshops (held virtually) were held during the week of October 19th, 2020 to discuss the Bike Parking Strategy. Guests were invited to share their feedback and recommendations on bike parking in a group setting. You can view the slide deck from the presentation. In the coming weeks we will be publishing an As We Heard It report which summarizes what we heard from both the public and stakeholders since the consultation phase commenced in early Spring 2020.

There’s still time to provide feedback. You can also email our project team found in the ‘who's listening’ widget directly with any further comments.

Moving forward, we will continue to share information related to this project. Information will be posted to this site and we will also share updates via e-mail. If you are interested and would like to ensure you receive any updates, please reach out to a member of the project team with your contact information.

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