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A Traffic Survey for Old Ottawa South?

Glebe residents are anticipating an increase in parking and traffic management problems with the opening of Lansdowne in 2014. The Glebe Community Association (GCA) Traffic Committee recently recommended changes to the Glebe Traffic Plan based on community consultations and an online survey of residents in February 2013. Over fifty concrete measures are proposed to minimize cars using residential streets, to encourage safe cycling to Lansdowne, to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, and to preserve parking for local residents. The results can be found online at

What kind of traffic issues or problems does Lansdowne pose for Old Ottawa South? What solutions can we propose? Would an online traffic survey help identify these problems? Would a meeting for residents and business owners help consolidate our concerns and encourage possible solutions? Should the process of consultation include a mix of both: an online survey and public consultation with residents?


Bronson Avenue Changes Proposed

Bronson Canal Bridge  Following the October 2012 death of a cyclist along Bronson Avenue, the city has been working on plans to make Bronson Avenue safer. View the Ottawa Citizen graphic showing the proposals. A community open house was held at Carleton University on February 27, 2013 to solicit feedback.


Many Questions Asked at Traffic Study Meeting

Old Ottawa South Traffic Study MeetingOver 70 local residents filled the Ladies' Parlour at Southminster Church for the Old Ottawa South Traffic Study Meeting Wednesday Sept.15th. They came to voice their concerns about traffic and hear preliminary plans for the study from City staff. The meeting was requested and organized by OSWatch, OSCA's planning and development committee.

Program Manager Bob Streicher introduced the consultants from Morrison Hershfield Limited (MHL) who are conducting the study for the City. Bassam Hamwi, from MHL, distributed handouts of the display boards from the first Public Open House in April (which can be viewed on the City of Ottawa website here).


Old Ottawa South Traffic Study Completed

Sunnyside west of Bank during school pickup: photo by Neil GrantThe Old Ottawa South Area Traffic Management  (ATM) Study was requested by OSCA to find ways to mitigate the problems caused by car and truck traffic in the western part of the community, especially in light of recommendations made in the Glebe Traffic Study. The study is now done, data collected and analyzed. The City now has a number of practical steps that should be taken to address existing problems.


Traffic: Old Ottawa South Voices Need to Be Heard!

bank_and_sunnyside_trafficEditor's Note: several OOS residents didn't feel that the OOS Traffic Study Open House and request for comments was well enough publicized, resulting in poor attendance and few comments submitted. When the City cancelled another Public Open House in June and moved it to November, the residents decided to act. They made up flyers and distributed them on several major streets, with the Traffic Study website and details of major traffic issues. What follows is the content of the flyer:


Request for Comments: NCC Report on Pedestrian Crossings at Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal and Colonel By Drive West of BankDeadline for comments is Nov. 12, 2010.

OSWatch would like to hear comments from residents of Old Ottawa South to present to the National Capital Commission (NCC) regarding their study on pedestrian crossings at the Canal. What do you think of their study, and its conclusions? Please find out more by reading the NCC report here and send your comments by email to the OSWatch chair, add a comment to this article below, or add your comments to the OSWatch forums. Contact information is at the end of this article.


OOS Traffic Study: Request for Comments Continues

Editor's Update July 14, 2010: OSWatch is currently working to arrange another Public Open House for early in September, and the City's planning team continues to accept comments on the direction the study should take, as well as residents' concerns about traffic. Please read the article below for background information, then visit the Study website and send your comments. It's important for OOS that the study reflects the community's concerns, particularly now that Lansdowne redevelopment has been approved. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or otherwise contact him at the address or phone number below.