The intersection at Burke is important because it connects to the Watts Creek path. If you're heading west, it means crossing Carling without the help of lights across an 80km/h road.
In rush hour, there can be long delays to find a break in the traffic. Frustrated, cyclists will sometimes take risks, surprising drivers. The traffic can be going so fast that cars wouldn't have a chance to stop.
Signage to and from NCC path
Cycling along Carling, you would have no idea that the Watts Creek Pathway exists. The only way to know is to check out the NCC map (on paper, online or signs some 10 km from here) or the 2006/09 City of Ottawa bicycle map. The closest sign to an NCC path is at the very end of Burke St. — around the corner and not visible from Carling. There should be a sign at the intersection of Burke and Carling.
The gravel leading to the NCC path is too thick, so it is easy to slip. Cyclists may also be discouraged from using the Pathway if they think the entire route is on gravel.