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!
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