New bike lanes in Sandy Hill (kinda)


(press release)

Ottawa – New on-street markings have been installed along Somerset Street East in Sandy Hill to improve the cycling network between Range Road and King Edward Avenue.


Advisory Cycling Lanes (Range Road to Chapel Street)

Ottawa has become one of the first cities in Canada to introduce advisory cycling lanes. As part of a pilot project, advisory cycling lanes have been installed between Range Road and Chapel Street, offering motorists and cyclists a new way to share the road.


This approach adds cycling facilities to streets where they wouldn’t otherwise fit: low-volume, low-speed roads that are too narrow to add full cycling lanes. The advisory cycling lane markings give cyclists a space to ride, but also make the cycling lane available to motorists if space is needed to pass oncoming traffic. 


Advisory cycling lanes are placed on each side of the road, separated from the vehicle lane by a broken line. Motorists from both sides share one wide centre lane. When drivers encounter an oncoming motorist in the centre lane, the two vehicles move into the cycling lanes to pass each other safely. If there is a bike in the cycling lane, the motorist must travel behind the bike until it is safe to move back into the centre lane.


Most widely used in Europe, there are also examples of advisory cycling lanes in cities in the United States. In Ottawa, they have been introduced in Sandy Hill, with a second set currently under review for Byron Avenue.


More information about advisory cycling lanes is available at


Sharrows (Chapel Street to King Edward Avenue)

Sharrows are road markings that show a bicycle with two chevrons. They have been placed on the roadway between Chapel Street and King Edward Avenue to remind residents that the road should be shared by both drivers and cyclists.


More information about sharrows is available on


There will be no change to the number of on-street parking spaces on Somerset Street as a result of this work. Cyclists riding past parked cars should keep enough distance between themselves and parked cars to avoid a dooring incident.


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OttawaStart Staff


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