A safe, convenient, and efficient circulation
system is vital to the economic well being and quality of life in Ottawa.
An effective system must not only be capable of accommodating present
and future traffic volumes, it should also serve the public by connecting
living areas with employment, shopping, medical and recreational facilities.
The transportation system must meet the needs of business and industry
by linking those activities with essential services and distant markets.
The total transportation system should be multi-modal including local
and transient vehicular traffic, pedestrian ways and bicycle circulation,
rail service for transport of goods, water transports, as well as the
potential to restore commuter rail service to Ottawa.
One type of circulation that Ottawa should promote and utilize to its
full potential is the I&M Canal Trail that is used by bicyclists,
hikers, crosscountry skiers and snowmobiles. The trail uses the historic
I&M Canal tow path, and is part of the Grand Illinois Trail. The Canal
Trail will be connected to the downtown through the Riverwalk Trail to
help link pedestrians to the downtown.