No more cycling deaths in Ottawa...Make Bronson safer!
  • Petitioned Russell Mills

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Chair, National Capital Commission
Russell Mills
MP, Ottawa Centre
Paul Dewar
MPP, Ottawa Centre
Yasir Naqvi

No more cycling deaths in Ottawa...Make Bronson safer!

    1. Colum Grove-White
    2. Petition by

      Colum Grove-White

      Ottawa, Canada

On the evening of October 18, 2012, 27 year-old Krista Johnson was struck and killed by a motorist on the Bronson Street bridge. Many have called into question the safety of the bridge for cyclists following the tragic accident.

As most cyclists and motorists will tell you, the Bronson bridge is a confusing mish-mash of lanes which makes crossing it hazardous for all users.  There are currently few alternatives for cyclists and pedestrians to use when wanting to cross the canal. Many Carleton University students, faculty and staff are cyclists, and they use this bridge to get to school every day. This problem warrants action.

We ask that both the City of Ottawa and the NCC (who are responsible for the land on either side of the canal) commence plans for the construction of a cyclist/pedestrian friendly bridge in order to prevent tragic accidents, like the one that happened to Krista Johnson, from happening in the future. This could be similar to the one that exists on Somerset, and services pedestrians and cyclists going to the University of Ottawa.

Please make Bronson safer for all users of the road!

Recent signatures


    1. Changes on Bronson Avenue

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      Check this video out. The first of many changes on Bronson, we hope.

      CTV Ottawa: Making street safer for cyclists

      City of Ottawa changes Bronson Avenue where cyclist was killed. CTV's Joanne Schnurr reports.

    2. Short and Longterm plans to fix Bronson Ave for cyclists and pedestrians

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      If you were unable to make it to the Open House at Carleton, here is the plan that city workers are proposing for the short and medium term for Bronson. Not perfect, but markedly better than the situation that is there now. Contact the councillor at if you have any comments or feedback.

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Bronson Pedestrian and Cycling Survey

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      Please fill in the Bronson Pedestrian and Cycling Survey if you haven't already!

      Click here:

    5. City cracking down on speeders on Bronson

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      Although we didn't get the speed reduction motion passed last week, police have stepped up speed enforcement on Bronson.

      Radar sign part of Bronson Avenue speed review - Ottawa - CBC News

      City staff instructed to review speed along Bronson Ave. after female cyclist was struck, killed Posted: Nov 14, 2012 3:02 PM ET The City of Ottawa has installed digital signs showing drivers how fast they're travelling on Bronson Avenue near Carleton University, a week after city staff launched a safety review of the road.

    6. News on Cycling Townhall at Carleton Today

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      Great discussion is hoping some action flows from it.

      Cycling safety forum advocates for improved infrastructure across city

      Less than a month after 27-year-old Carleton student Krista Johnson was killed on Bronson Avenue, the university hosted a cycling safety forum Tuesday afternoon to come up with solutions to prevent further tragedies.

    7. Possible City Council vote to reduce speed on Bronson in the works

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      Councillor Chernushenko is looking to get the City Council Transportation Committee to approve a motion to reduce maximum speed for motorists. The Transportation Committee meets next Wednesday, November 7 and if approved, the motion would get sent to council as early as November 14.

      Bronson speed limits could be cut to promote cyclists' safety

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    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. Response from Councillor Chernushenko

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone, if you haven't seen Councillor Chernushenko's response to the petition, you can view it by clicking the link below.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      I managed to get an op-ed about the tragedy and the campaign in the Ottawa Citizen

      Cycling tragedy has brought Carleton together

      Last Thursday evening, Krista Johnson, a graduate student at Carleton University, was struck down and killed while riding home on her bicycle. Krista was a friend, a daughter and an exceptionally gifted student. Krista will be sorely missed by the Carleton community and all those loved ones she has left behind.

    12. Interview with the Councillor Chernushenko

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      Here is an interview with Councillor Cherneshenko on what we should do in Bronson.

      Is this good enough, or should we pushing for more action?

      Cycling on Bronson

      A Carleton student has started a petition calling for a cycling and pedestrian bridge over Bronson to make it safer. But the city councillor for the area has some ideas of his own.

    13. Petition in the news, Councillor wants action on Bronson

      Colum Grove-White
      Petition Organizer

      There was news of the petition in the Ottawa Citizen today.....good work, please continue to share with your friends!

      Councillor Cherneshenko has stated he wants some quick fix solutions to the problems on Bronson, which are a good start, but it appears as if he has ruled out bridges.

      We still need you support to bring City Council around to a safer Bronson Street!

      Cut Bronson speeds, let cyclists use sidewalk, councillor suggests after death on Bronson bridge

      Letting cyclists use the sidewalk on the Bronson Avenue bridge over the Rideau Canal and strictly enforcing speed limits could help avert another collision like the one that killed a Carleton University graduate student on her bicycle last week, says the city councillor for the area.

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 12 months ago

      We need more questions about cyclist in the driving test. Also hitting a cyclist needs to be punished.

    • Ahmed Abou-Shaaban OTTAWA, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because i want to remain alive and ride my bicycles!

    • Sherry Pappin WESTMEATH IN, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Hi I knew krista for a while and she did not not deserve this if you guys would take care and pay more attention to cyclist this wouldn't have happen especially doing something about the speed of people driving this person should have been charged there no reason for this things to happen

    • Karen Rauh OTTAWA, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Creating safe options for cyclists is extremely important; with global warming already affecting our world, we need to create the conditions that encourage people to make environmental and healthy choices. The single largest danger for cyclists is cars and even a "minor" accident with a car can have long term and serious consequences for a cyclist. To ensure that we encourage people to use bikes to commute we need to make cycling safe and accessible, and providing infrastructure is one of the best ways to get people on their bikes!

    • Edith Branco TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      this makes no sense... change the roads and keep everyone safe, e


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