Caution: Transitway/Holly Acres Intersection for Pedestrians and Cyclists

In the past week, there have two cycling accidents and several reported near misses with both pedestrians and cyclists using the multi-use path system on Holly Acres Rd. to access either Bayshore Station or Richmond Rd. Please use caution when in the area! CBLCA is actively engaging with both the City LRT people and Councillor Kavanagh to get urgent remediation of the signage and crossings particularly from the northwest corner of the intersection.

As you will see in the accompanying photo, the pathway is completely blocked off on the west side path when approaching the intersection either from our community or from the Watts Creek Trail. There are also pavement cutouts that have been left exposed and a guy wire for the hydro pole, that obstructs both the pedestrian and cycling components of the crossing. The sign suggests you “use the other sidewalk” but with no direction as to which sidewalk. The sign itself also blocks the pathway.

The correct action for both pedestrians and cyclists is to CAREFULLY negotiate around both the cutouts, the wire and the sign if it is still in that position when you approach the intersection. Following this, you need to remain on the north side of the transitway and cross Holly Acres Rd. to its east side and then proceed with appropriate traffic signals either to Bayshore Station or to Richmond Rd. Cyclists also have the option of remaining on the Holly Acres road itself. The road is rough in several places and access routes are frequently changing. Please proceed with caution.

If either pedestrians or cyclists are wanting to access the multi-use path on the east side of the 416/417 off-ramp at Holly Acres (the one that leads to Queensway Carleton Hospital and Cedarview Road), you must do so only after that off-ramp intersection. There, you will also note the construction fencing and heavy equipment on the east side of the intersection. East of the fencing there, you do have access on both the pathway to Richmond Rd and to the path southbound above the Shouldice farm field. We are also seeking more details about this latter construction as we have several concerns here. If you see a problem when traversing the area please take a photo and send it to 311@ottawa.ca and generalCBLCA@gmail.com with an appropriate description and location.

Holly Acres and the Transitway/416 looking South.

5 thoughts on “Caution: Transitway/Holly Acres Intersection for Pedestrians and Cyclists”

  1. There are also issues on Aero Drive at Watts Creek Bike Pathway and Holly Acres Road: cyclists blast through from the bike path onto Aero Drive, cutting across the road to get to Holly Acres. There was a gate at Watts Creek/Aero Drive but that has disappeared. There is a Stop sign at Watts Creek where this gate used to be but cyclists ignore it and barrel onto Aero Drive. There are many trees that perhaps block the view of cyclists that they are entering a residential street from the bike path. Very dangerous. I have emailed my concerns to this Community Association in the past as well as the NCC that is responsible fir the Watts Creek bike path.

  2. I submitted an online police report this week about the REGULAR disregard of the “no right on red” sign by drivers coming off the 416/417 to make a right turn onto Holly Acres. This is another point of risk for cyclists, pedestrians and other drivers.

  3. The multi-use path (MUP) on the east side of HA doesn’t look like a MUP. It’s narrow, bumpy, dark under the bridge, noisy, littered with obstacles, and has no centre line. It’s appalling. Remember though, that is, in fact, a MUP. Cyclists and pedestrians going both directions share it. There may be more people using it than you expect. MUP rules apply (but even more so). Keep to the right. Pay attention. Use your bell. If we’re courteous and observant, we can help each other during these difficult circumstances.

  4. @bikeottawa tweets: “To see the plans to modify Holly Acres Rd, a public roadway, Bike Ottawa has been asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Signing it would mean we could not share any information from the drawings, or tell ppl we know they exist. As a non-profit advocacy group, this is unacceptable. Our mission is to represent people on bikes, and we cannot do that when covered in a shroud of mystery. Further, as residents of this city, we should have the right to see what is proposed for publicly-owned property. Bike Ottawa has previously consulted about stations & pathways connecting to Stage 1 LRT without issue around privacy. However, as the LRT experience in Ottawa unfolds and advocacy groups are expected to not go public with information on city projects, how do we maintain trust in our city when we can’t get basic information out of a P3 model?”

    1. Thank you, Craig. I didn’t know that and I’m shocked. It helps explain the lack of consultation around pedestrian and cycling routes on the LRT2 project and why the outcomes are so poor.

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