Biking to the Ottawa Tool Library from Centretown

The Ottawa Tool Library has re-opened for curbside pick-up at their new location, 877A Boyd Avenue. YEAH!! Here is a bike route to get there from Centretown. 

The Ottawa Tool Library is a great resource for those who wish to borrow tools for all sorts of jobs! They’ve got an extensive inventory of items to choose from including a fine selection of bike tools. They also have a great Wike bike flatbed trailer members can borrow to transport big items that won’t fit into your panniers.

This 6km route begins along the bike path at the corner of Albert Street and City Centre Avenue on the north side of Albert.

Head west along the bike path.

 

Bike path at Albert St & City Centre Ave looking west along Albert

Just before O-Train’s Bayview Station the path dips down to the right then continues west.

Bike path dipping right before Bayview Station

Continue straight until you reach Bayview Station Road. Turn left under the bridge then right along the bike path that continues west along Scott Street.

View from wher the bike path meets Bayview Station Rd to where the path continues along Scott St

Follow the path along Scott St all the way to Churchill Ave.

Path running along Scott St

Scott St ends at Churchill but the path continues on the other side beside the transitway.

Crossing Churchill to continue along the path heading west

Continue along the path for a short distance as far as Roosevelt Avenue, then turn left onto Roosevelt. 

Bike path along the transit way where it meets Roosevelt. Turn left onto Roosevelt.

Follow Roosevelt all the way to it’s southern end where it veers right.

Biking along calm residential Roosevelt Street.

Immediately after Roosevelt veers right, turn left onto Cole Avene and follow it to Carling Avenue.

where Roosevelt curls right, turn left onto Cole

On the opposite side of Carling Ave, Cole continues as Clyde Avenue. Clyde is a busy road with trucks and traffic. That’s because it is one of the few roads in this area that passes under the Queensway. Segregated bike lanes should be installed along Clyde as it is an important link for cyclists to communities south of the Queensway, as well as to the Experimental Farm Recreational Pathway. Unfortunately it’s present busy and crumbling condition makes it less than desireable for cycling. 

As such, once across Carling this route recommends walking your bike along the sidewalk a short half block west and turning left onto Campbell Avenue, versus riding down Clyde. 

Sidewalk along Carling to Campbell Ave.

Ride down Campbell as far as it goes to Dobbie Street. 

Biking down Campbell Ave

Turn right onto Dobbie which will bring you straight to the Tool Library!

Welcome to the Ottawa Tool Library!

There aren’t any bike racks installed on site or anywhere close by. This shouldn’t be an issue while the library is operating in curbside pick-up mode, however one of their priorities is to acquire and install a bike rack as soon as possible. As a not-for-profit group The Ottawa Tool Library relies heavily on donations of tools and materials, so if anyone has a lead on a bike rack please let them know via this link.

If anyone needs a bike route to the Ottawa Tool Library from anywhere else in town please send me a starting cross street at OttawaVeloOutaouais@gmail.com I’ll figure out a route and post it here.

Happy trails & tooling!

Author: ottawavelo

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