Annie’s Ride! – Thorncliffe Park to Carleton U

Annie is heading to Carleton to do her MBA – way to go Annie! The cost of parking at Carleton is NUTS and vehicular access is a dog’s breakfast and will be for the next couple of years as they go about expanding the O-Train through the campus. So, with these considerations in mind, along with all the other bonus benefits that come with pedal power, biking is a very appealing option. Here is a 13km ride which takes around 45 minutes at a leisurely pace.

Our ride begins at the corner of Rothbury Crescent and Provender Avenue.

START!

Head south on Provender. Just as it bends left, continue straight along a concrete pathway that weaves up to Foxview Place.

Path from Provender leading up to Foxview

Turn left and continue south for a short distance and hop onto the bike lane heading west along Montreal Road.

Bike lane along Montreal Road

Once arrived at the Aviation Parkway, cross over to the opposite corner.

Aviation Pathway on the south-west corner of Montreal Road & Aviation Parkway

Follow the Aviation Pathway for a short distance, then follow the sign pointing towards Clarke Avenue.

Exit off Aviation Pathway towards Clarke Ave

Ride through this quiet neighbourhood, first along Clarke, then Claude St, and finally Mutual St.

Lovely, lovely, lovely

This brings you to St Laurent Boulevard. St Laurent is a busy multi-lane artery often filled with speeding traffic. Ride north for a short block to the lights across to Guy St if traffic is light.

View along St Larent to the lights at Guy St

Alternatively, if traffic is heavy and you don’t feel safe you can walk your bike along the sidewalk to the lights at MacArthur. On the return trip, which I have indicated by an orange line on the map for this section, there is a bike lane from MacArthur to Mutual Street heading north. Why the city didn’t extend this bike lane as far as the lights at Guy St is baffling, especially since it leads straight to Rideau High School and would help encourage student cycling.

Follow Guy St then May St, which are quiet residential streets, to the segregated bike lane along MacArthur. These bike lanes were introduced just a few years ago and are a great addition to the east/west bike infrastructure.

MacArthur bike lane

Ride along MacArthur all the way to it’s western end, then cross the lights at North River Road through the parking lot that links to the Rideau River Eastern Pathway.

Rideau River Eastern Pathway

Follow this pathway to the Adawe Bridge that crosses over the Rideau River.

Riding over the Adawe Bridge

Continue straight heading west along Somerset St East. There aren’t bike paths along Somerset, but instead there is a ‘road diet’ whereby a car is expected to use the shared centre lane when passing a cyclist. Not sure if this is the best solution along most roads but I find in this instance it works quite well.

Somerset road diet in action

Unfortunately the road diet dissapears for a couple of short sections heading up the hill to King Edward Ave. Hélas, another example of Ottawa’s tendency towards missing bike links. Sidewalk it if you don’t feel safe.

The disapearing bike lane along Somerset St E

Cross the lights at King Edward and head through the Ottawa U campus along Marie Curie.

Bike laneing right on through Ottawa U campus

Ottawa U deserves kudos for implementing some pretty good bike infrastructure over the last few years. Continue straight where Marie Currie ends.

Heading straight where Marie Currie ends

This gets you to a funky twisty path down and under the O-Train tracks to Colonel By Drive.

Head down the twisty path where that motorised unicycle dude is heading
Riding under the O-Train to Colonel By Drive

The cross lights at Colonel By Drive lead you to the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. Turn left onto this pathway that hugs the canal.

Ridea Canal Eastern Pathway

Continue along the pathway past Dow’s Lake all the way to the Hartwell Locks.

Approaching Hartwell Locks

Once arrived at the locks cross Colonel By Drive onto the Carleton University campus.

Exit off Rideau Canal Pathway, across Colonel By Drive, and onto campus

Et voila!

Author: ottawavelo

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