This project, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, the Embassy of the United States of America and the Province of Ontario, aimed to improve mobility on Confederation Boulevard by constructing dedicated cycling lanes on Mackenzie Avenue.

The Mackenzie Avenue cycling lanes projects involved the following:

  • Construction of a partially raised, bi-directional cycling lane on the east side of Mackenzie Avenue
  • Replacement of the jersey barriers in front of the U.S. embassy with new security bollards
  • Connecting the new cycling lane to existing cycling lanes on Sussex Drive, St. Patrick Street and the Alexandra Bridge to Wellington Street/Rideau Street and the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway
  • Removal of on-street parking spaces on the east side of MacKenzie Avenue
  • Streetscaping improvements
  • Roadway resurfacing

The addition of cycling lanes on Mackenzie Avenue is identified in our Strategic Plan for Canada’s Capital Pathway Network and in Phase 1 of the City of Ottawa’s 2013 Cycling Plan, both of which received extensive public input.

The improvements, completed in May 2017, are a legacy to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.