Technical Tours

The following Technical Tours will be available as options on the registration form. Register early as there is limited capacity. Please note: tour itineraries are subject to change.

Thank you to our generous Silver Sponsors for supporting the technical tours.



Tour 1 – Cycling Facilities Sampler

When: Mon, Jun 3 | 10 a.m. – noon or Tue, Jun 4 | 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Length: 2 hours
Capacity: 20 participants
Mode of Travel: Bike

Join us for a tour of different types of on-road and off-road cycling facilities in Ottawa. Following the language of the updated TAC Geometric Design Guide, we will travel along Separated Facilities including buffered bike lanes, protected bikeways, bike paths/cycle tracks and multi-use pathways. For Unseparated facilities, come ride one of the only Advisory Bike Lanes in Canada. The tour will include stops at various locations showing examples such as a cycle track at a bus stop, a bi-directional bikeway and an early protected intersection.

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Tour 1: Bike South - Cycling Facilities Sampler

O’Connor Street Bikeway.
Credit: K. Whitfield


Tour 2 – Downtown Ottawa & Gatineau Bridge Loop

When: Mon, Jun 3 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Length: 2 hours
Capacity: 20 participants
Mode of Travel: Bike

Begin the tour with a sampling of cycling facilities in downtown Ottawa including the Corktown footbridge, Laurier Ave and the bikeway treatment across the Portage Bridge. Staff from the City of Gatineau will then join us for a tour of the new pedestrianized space along Laval Street connecting back to the new cycle tracks on Laurier Street in Gatineau north of boul. des Allumettières. Riding across the Alexandra Bridge will take the group to the Mackenzie Ave protected bikeway connecting back to Daly Ave and the Westin Hotel.

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Sentier Culturel in Gatineau, Quebec. Credit: Joanne Clifford.

Sentier Culturel on Laval St, Gatineau, Quebec. Credit: Joanne Clifford.


Tour 3 – Intelligent Signals: Ottawa’s ITS Control Centre and AV Test Track

When: Mon, Jun 3 | 10 a.m. – noon
Length: 2 hours
Capacity: 30 participants
Mode of Travel: Bus

The first stop of this tour will be Ottawa’s new AV technology demonstration and test track. With 22km of reserved roadways and three signalized intersections, AV technology with V2I communications will be demonstrated for participants. The second stop will be at the City’s Traffic Operations Center which controls traffic operations and infrastructure at over 1,200 signalized intersections throughout the City of Ottawa. Various ITS solutions such as a Centralized Signal Traffic Control System, adaptive technology, non-intrusive detection, preemption and variable messaging are used and applied in day to day operations.

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Ottawa's ITS Control Centre. Credit: City of Ottawa.

Ottawa’s ITS Control Centre.
Credit: City of Ottawa.


Tour 4 – LRT West: Multi-Modal Station Connections & Public Art

When: Mon, Jun 3 | 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Length: 2.5 hours
Capacity: 30 participants
Mode of Travel: Charter Bus

The City of Ottawa’s new 13 station LRT line opens in 2019. Tour this newest piece of the local transportation network from downtown Rideau Station (which is linked to the conference hotel) to the western terminus at Tunney’s Pasture, stopping to examine multi-modal station connections and integrated public art along the way.

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LRT Lyon Station Rendering. Credit: City of Ottawa.


Tour 5 – LRT East: Inter-Modal Rail Connections & LRT Training Simulator

When: Tue, Jun 4 | 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Length: 2.5 hours
Capacity: 30 participants
Mode of Travel: Charter Bus

The City of Ottawa’s new 13 station LRT line opens in 2019. Tour this newest piece of the local transportation network from downtown Rideau Station east to the inter-modal VIA Rail station at Tremblay and visit the LRT Simulator where Electric Rail Operators are trained.

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LRT Tremblay Station & VIA Rail Connection. Credit: Rideau Transit Group/City of Ottawa.

LRT Tremblay Station & VIA Rail Connection. Credit: Rideau Transit Group/City of Ottawa.


Tour 6 – Downtown Moves: Transformation of Ottawa’s Downtown Complete Streets

When: Tue, Jun 4 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
Length: 3.5 hours
Capacity: 30 participants
Mode of Travel: Foot

In this Talk & Walk, tour participants will have the opportunity learn how the 2013 City’s Downtown Moves Master Plan has inspired and guided investments in complete street renewal. After a brief presentation, tour participants will walk through the heart of the capital and explore completed and partially completed street renewal construction projects highlighting:

  • diverse measures used to transform these corridors into multi-modal streets providing public realm opportunities;
  • how technical guidance informed the decision-making regarding design solutions, and
  • measures that weave the Confederation Line LRT stations into the fabric of the downtown including: broad sidewalks based on pedestrian volumes, flexible multipurpose street side spaces, integrated transit stops, and quality streetscapes for the tens of thousands of downtown transit commuters.
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Downtown Moves Demonstration - Metcalfe Street. Credit: City of Ottawa.

Downtown Moves – Metcalfe Street Demonstration. Credit: City of Ottawa.
Downtown Moves Demonstration - Mackenzie King Bridge. Credit: City of Ottawa. Downtown Moves – Mackenzie King Bridge Demonstration. Credit: City of Ottawa.


Tour 7 – Capital Region Bridge Tour by Bus

When: Tue, Jun 4 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Length: 2 hours
Capacity: 30 participants
Mode of Travel: Bus

Join colleagues on a bus tour of bridge projects in the Capital Region. The tour will include a variety of bridge types creating an opportunity to design challenges and wins and construction obstacles. Examples include the Vimy Memorial Bridge, the Airport Parkway Multi-Use Pathway Bridge and Flora, the newest pedestrian/bike bridge in Ottawa, and the Macdonald-Cartier bridge, which saw recent major rehabilitation including the addition of a barrier-protected multi-use pathway.

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Pont Noir, Gatineau, Quebec. Credit: Andre Vandal.

Pont Noir, Gatineau, Quebec.
Credit: Andre Vandal
Vimy Memorial Bridge. Credit: Saffron Blaze. Vimy Memorial Bridge.
Credit: Saffron Blaze.


Tour 8 – Transformative Corridors: Transforming “Main Street” Corridors

When: Wed, Jun 5 | 8:30-10 a.m.
Length: 1.5 hours
Capacity: 30 participants
Mode of Travel: Foot & Bus

On this walking/bus tour, the transformation of three urban “Traditional Main Street” corridors will be examined- each of which has differing objectives with related tradeoffs in space allocated for placemaking, pedestrians, cyclists, transit, general traffic and on-street parking. City staff involved in planning, consultations and implementation of each project will be available to provide background information and answer questions.

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Main Street. Credit: Hans on the Bike.


Tour 9 – Walking Tour: Downtown Cycling Facilities

When: Wed, Jun 5 | 10:30 a.m. – noon
Length: 1.5 hours
Capacity: 20 participants
Mode of Travel: Foot

Join us on a walking tour of cycling facilities in downtown Ottawa. From the Westin Hotel, we will walk over to the Mackenzie Ave protected Bikeway and then along Wellington Street past Parliament Hill towards the Portage Bridge to see the bridge treatment and bike counter. Changes to the downtown network will be discussed including the future cycle tracks on Bay Street. Walking along the Laurier Avenue on-road separated facility to the O’Connor Street bi-directional facility connects you to the pathway system along the canal and ending near the Corktown bridge before heading back to the Westin hotel.

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Mackenzie Ave Bikeway. Credit: Hans on the Bike

Mackenzie Ave Bikeway. Credit: Hans on the Bike.