Bumps installed to slow down Rideau Canal cyclists
Some cyclists say new speed bumps are too high and pose a safety risk
Speed bumps and signs telling people to slow down were installed late last week along a roadway between the Rideau Canal and the Bytown Museum, just days after two young children were struck and injured by a speeding cyclist.
Late last week, the traffic calming measures were put in place.
James Hare, who stopped to talk as he was riding down the hill, thinks they are an effective way to get cyclists to take greater care.
"There's been a number of times I've been down here that I've seen close calls," said Hare. "[I'm] happy to see that they have put them in and hopefully this helps to mitigate some of the difficulty with the speed people take down the hill."
Bumps are temporary, Parks Canada says
Cyclist Peter Henderson said he doesn't argue against taking steps to slow speedy cyclists down, but that he disagrees with how Parks Canada chose to do it.
"To have it solved in such a unilateral way without any sort of public consultation and without any real understanding of how people use the path, to me seemed very short-sighted," said Henderson.
He said the bumps pose a potential safety risk even to cyclists that slow down.
"Because of the height of the speed bump, my front tire left the ground and I became unsteady and had to take my feet off the pedals," he said.
Parks Canada said the speed bumps are designed to slow all vehicles using the roadway to eight km/h.
The rubber speed bumps are temporary, said Jewel Cunningham, Parks Canada's director of Ontario waterways. The agency is considering replacing them with more permanent rumble strips next spring, Cunningham said.