Ontario Tourism – Sidewalk cycling? Or imaginary cycletrack?
Come – bike on our sidewalks!
Last night, we were relaxing in front of the computer watching an episode of the Office. A new ad came on for Ontario tourism and the song was pretty catchy, so we found ourselves watching along.
Near the end of the ad, there’s a shot of a couple of cyclists biking in front of Parliament Hill. “Hey, were they biking on the sidewalk?” I couldn’t be sure.
Luckily, the ad came on three more times during the episode.
Sure enough, there they were, two happy-go-lucky tourists biking past Parliament on the sidewalk on Wellington Street. Side by side, no less!
First, biking on the sidewalk along Wellington usually isn’t a good idea. It’s usually quite crowded with people walking. However, biking ON Wellington with the traffic and buses is no picnic and is definitely not comfortable or recommended for tourists.
Secondly, biking in Ottawa is definitely a highlight of any vacation. Biking past Parliament is a great idea for tourists (and commuters alike). And yes, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to socially bike side-by-side!? Yes! There’s just one small problem, we don’t actually have a bike lane here.
Here’s what biking on Wellington at this location could look like:
If biking on Wellington is an activity worthy of promoting to our visitors, surely it’s worthwhile of a bike lane. Otherwise, we’re not promoting Ottawa, we’re just lying.