The car is still king in Bells Corners and the botched strip renovations were a blown opportunity, but cycling has a bright future in our community. We’re the only area in Ottawa with a free bike-share service (to be launched this spring at the the same time as the Right Bike project), free bike-taxis (there are plans to expand the service) and easy access to a local bike coop where you can buy used bikes cheap and fix and maintain your own bike.
We have easy access to fantastic Greenbelt trails in Stony Swamp.
No wonder that even the councillor is hopping on the cycling bandwagon, claiming that he used to be an avid cyclist when he was in short pants – apparently as a teenager he once rode all the way to Bells Corners from his house! And he’s vaunted the merits of using the Bells Corners FREE Bike-share as a great way for a tourist staying in Bells Corners to go to Bluesfest.
You can follow a bike path to Andrew Haydon Park and the Ottawa River Pathway, from both Lynwood and Westcliffe.
There are lots of other segregated paths and interesting varied routes.
You can roll down to Shirley’s Bay.
You can commute to Kanata’s high tech or the new DND headquarters.
You can follow the Ottawa River pathway or take Richmond Road to go downtown, but there are lots of other good routes.
Here’s Bells Corners on the new City map. Note that the strip and Moodie Drive are missing links, thanks to Rick’s car-centric planning.
And here’s the picture from the new NCC map.
Please cycle responsibly!