The City of Ottawa wants to know what you think of its rural pathways!

In 2011, Council approved the Rural Pathways Shared Use Policy, which included a two year monitoring program and a requirement to report back this summer (2013). Part of the monitoring program includes a survey requirement where public users can have their say about their experiences.

This survey is now live and you can give your input online now.

More about Ottawa's rural pathways

The City of Ottawa has three major rural pathways that cover 65km (combined) of converted rail lines.  The pathways provide significant year-round multi-use recreational pathway links. 

  • The Prescott-Russell Pathway extends eastward from the greenbelt near Blair Road through the Village of Navan to the Prescott-Russell Trail at Canaan Road.
  • The Osgoode Pathway extends southward from Leitrim Road to Buckles Street in Osgoode Village.
  • The Ottawa-Carleton Trailway extends westward from Bells Corners near Fitzgerald Road through Kanata and Stittsville to Ashton Station Road and beyond to the Town of Carleton Place. The Ottawa-Carleton Trailway is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

What is the shared use policy?

The Rural Pathways Shared-Use Policy was approved by the City Council in February 2011 following a comprehensive study of similar pathways in other jurisdictions. Particular attention was given to pathways with a history of shared use without injuries to trail users. 

Under the policy, all motorized vehicles are prohibited on the pathways from spring to fall to provide the best environment for the pedestrians and cyclists who are the primary trail users during this period.

Snowmobiles are allowed on the pathways in the winter but are subject to restrictions, such as speed limits and curfews.

Want to learn more?

The City is reviewing the Rural Pathways Shared-Use Policy to ensure comfortable and enjoyable experiences for all pathway users. The survey results will be collected and analyzed to help the City develop appropriate policies and programming to improve experiences and interactions on the pathways.

The survey will be available from March 1 to April 15. City teams will also be on site to interview pathway users during this time.  Visit and to tell us what you think.

If you have questions, please contact

Alex Culley
Project Officer, Transportation Demand Management
613-580-2424 ext 13199

In 2011 Council approved the Rural Pathways Shared Use Policy, which included a two year monitoring program with a requirement to report back in summer 2013. The monitoring program included a requirement to do surveying “to enable classification of users as well as obtaining feedback on ‘shared use’ experiences.”