Ottawa councillor Tobi Nussbaum wants snow cleared from more paths

Ottawa Coun. Tobi Nussbaum wants the city to commit in its plans to clear more paths for pedestrians and cyclists this winter.

City transportation committee pledged $200K to clear more paths, but plan needs to be approved in budget

A bike sits parked along the Ottawa River overlooking Parliament Hill in December. (courtesy of Cassandra Fulgham)

Ottawa Coun. Tobi Nussbaum wants the city to commit in its plans to clear more paths for pedestrians and cyclists this winter.

Councillors on the City of Ottawa's transportation committee have already pledged $200,000 a year to remove more snow — on top of the 20 kilometres of paths already cleared — but the plan still needs to be approved at budget time.

Cyclist Nicola Cameron says she'd consider extending her biking season if there were more cleared paths in winter. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

"Everybody benefits because we'll have people who chose to do this, it will relieve congestion, it will lessen the wear and tear on our roads, and it will give people real choice in the way they move around our city," said Nussbaum, who cycles year round.

"I love taking my bike, I get sad every year when I have to stop, so I would totally extend my biking season," said resident Nicola Cameron.

The city mostly clears paths considered essential, leaving out routes such as the O-Train pathway.

A map detailing the proposed additional pathways is expected by next month.

Nussbaum said cities with a similar climate, such as Copenhagen, Denmark, have more people biking in the winter because the city clears more paths.

With files from CBC reporter Giacomo Panico

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