Posted by: T&S Committee
The OSCA Traffic & Safety Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Old Firehall. All are welcome to attend.
The work of the Committee has been driven by recommendations endorsed by OSCA in September 2013. These recommendations were the result of public consultations and a survey conducted in 2013. The survey itself served as a bridge between two official City studies, one completed in 2012 West of Bank Street, the other initiated in May 2013 East of Bank, encompassing Riverdale Avenue and Area.
The endorsed traffic & safety recommendations were published in The OSCAR November 2013.
The Traffic & Safety Committee started to meet on a more formal basis in the fall of 2014. Until then the committee was largely composed of individuals who met on an informal basis and who were committed to working with the City to address traffic & safety recommendations.
The Committee represented OSCA at the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (2013), and continues to meet with the Lansdowne Transportation Management & Operations Committee, which met bi-weekly since February 2014 and currently meets on a monthly basis.
On-going representation on City-wide committees, individual meetings with staff, attendance at public meetings, numerous email correspondence and informal meetings, and related research are essential to keeping track of OSCA’s traffic & safety recommendations.
In addition to the above administrative commitments, monthly articles serving as reports to OSCA and the community-at-large have been published in OSCAR and Between the Bridges e-newsletter; meetings were organized with the City’s landscape architect, Traffic Specialists, Safer Roads Program manager, and individual residents working on greening projects that support traffic calming or residents concerned about how their street fared in the series of recommendations currently under consideration by the City.
Articles published in the March, April and December editions of OSCAR 2014 outline some of the outcomes/successes of the committee’s advocacy efforts on behalf of Old Ottawa South.
Communications among committee members is largely via email, with informal meetings on specific topics, as well as meeting announcements via OSCA’S website www.oldottawasouth.ca and weekly e-newsletter ‘News Between the Bridges‘.
On-going topics include:
- Lansdowne Transportation Management Operations Committee (LTMOC)
- Status of OOS Traffic Recommendations
- Bronson Avenue Cycling/Pedestrian Improvements
- Sunnyside Safety Evaluation Review (East of Bank)
- Sunnyside Traffic Calming & Greening Project (West of Bank)
- Ottawa Safer Roads Program
- Main Street Renewal Working Group
Committee members and residents-at-large are assigned to various elements of these topics keeping OSCA informed by email and representation at OSCA by the Chair of the Traffic & Safety Committee. As of December 2, 2014 formal minutes will be recorded.