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New kind of bike lane proposed for Byron

If the city goes through with a plan to install 'advisory lanes' on Byron Avenue, they'll be the first of their kind in Ottawa.

Advisory lanes give cyclists room on the road, but it's ultimately shared space with cars.

City of Ottawa

Advisory lanes give cyclists room on the road, but it's ultimately shared space with cars.

The city could test a new type of bike lane on Byron Avenue.

Advisory lanes use dotted lines instead of solid, allowing cars to cross into them to avoid oncoming traffic.

Drivers must yield to cyclists, but ultimately the lane is a shared space.

These lanes have been pitched for a 2.9-kilometre stretch of Byron from Sherbourne Road to Island Park Drive in Westboro.

It’s due for some traffic calming: fifteen per cent of drivers go more than 15 clicks over the 50 km/h speed limit there.

And while up to nine per cent of trips are made by bike, cycling facilities are glaringly absent.

The hope is advisory lanes will improve cycling safety while narrowing the road, effectively solving both issues, Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper said.

“It will be interesting to hear from cyclists if they think these will be helpful or not,” said Leiper.

If approved, they would be the first of their kind in Ottawa.

Residents can offer feedback online until May 25. The city will host a public consultation in June, and some traffic calming measures, including the bike lanes, could be implemented this summer, said program engineer Justin Swan.

The budget isn’t set – it depends what calming measures residents support – but Leiper said it’s likely “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”