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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!

Letter to
Chair, National Capital Commission Russell Mills
MP, Ottawa Centre Paul Dewar
MPP, Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi
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 Street bridge is a confusing mish-mash of lanes which makes crossing it hazardous for all users. Going south, motorists need to cross over a bike lane to get on to the exit ramp for Colonel By Drive. Going North is even more hazardous, as bikers need to cross over the exit lane for motorists on to Queen Elizabeth Drive. This bike line is particularly dangerous, as it literally stops and starts again a couple of metres to the left across the turning lane. If cyclists approach the bridge from the east and want to go south, or from the west and want to go north, there is no way for the cyclist to cross the bridge, short of riding on the sidewalk which is technically illegal. Pedestrians too have difficulties navigating the bridge, as they have to cross these exit ramps when walking on or off the bridge.

There are currently few alternatives for cyclists and pedestrians to use when wanting to cross the canal. The closest street with a bridge is Bank Street, about a kilometre east of the Bronson Street bridge. This is neither convenient nor practical for cyclists and pedestrians, and the bridge itself is hardly any safer. 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!