I think I fell victim to hype when I posted recently that Ottawa is getting the first segregated bicycle lane in Ontario.
This was announced as part of the Ontario Bike Summit in Ottawa this week, and gave the opportunity for the local media to demonstrate just how "bicycle-friendly" the capital is. (Here's a typical report, this one from CTV.)
I think it would be easy to argue, that what Ottawa is showing off here isn't much different from the segregated bike lane along Blair Road in Cambridge, from the village of Blair until it becomes a multi-use path as it veers off-road, about 2.5 kilometres along: the Blair segregated path is raised, marked and separated from traffic with breakaway bollards.
The big difference is that the Cambridge path is two-way, and I can't speak to how well serviced it is in the winter.
The Ottawa path is inner-city hardcore, and might actually become useful if enough bike lanes, trails and bicycle-friendly streets connect to it.
So, not the first in Ontario. Maybe the first downtown segregated bike lane? Anyone else have an example of one in this province?