The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced that is has selected the City of Ottawa Laurier Avenue Segregated Bike Lanes project as the winner in the Transportation category for its 2015 Sustainable Communities Awards.
MMM was involved in the project from its outset in 2010, as it undertook the planning and feasibility study to select the most appropriate east-west corridor for the proposed segregated bike lanes in downtown Ottawa. Subsequently, the firm led the functional and detailed design, developed an extensive stakeholder consultation program, and remained involved in the on-going monitoring and evaluation of the corridor upon launch.
Over 1.3 million bike trips have been counted on Laurier Avenue West since the City of Ottawa implemented Ontario’s first downtown segregated bike lanes in 2011. Initiated as a two-year pilot project, the bike lanes were declared a success in 2013, and are now a permanent feature. In its award announcement, FCM stated that results of the project include “improved safety and a greater proportion of cyclists in the downtown traffic mix, reduced roadway maintenance, and new measuring tools to benefit future projects”.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. Members include Canada’s largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Its annual Sustainable Communities Awards offer national recognition for projects that demonstrate environmental responsibility and excellence.
The award will be officially presented at the 2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference in London, Ontario in February, 2015.