Many cities in Canada and around the world are using “Vision Zero” to guide their traffic and safety plans. And the City of Ottawa is no exception!
As young people head back to school this fall, a few changes have been made relating to traffic that will make their journey a little safer.
You'll notice that a second adult crossing guard has been added mornings and afternoons at Bank Street & Sunnyside Avenue. A request placed by the Councillor’s Office was reviewed last spring and City staff responsible for School Zone Traffic agreed that the intersection warranted a second crossing guard. Ian and Andrew have been hired to fill these positions. Please take extra care at this very busy intersection.
The Traffic and Safety Committee is a committee of the Old Ottawa South Community Association. To carry out its work, the committee collaborates with a number of different entities including the Councillor’s Office, City of Ottawa traffic officials, the National Capital Commission, the Hopewell School Parents’ Council, our neighbouring communities, and various informal residents’ groups in Old Ottawa South.
Traffic and safety matters are very near and dear to everyone’s heart and there is no lack of work for this committee to undertake. Each year, priorities must be set in order to direct our efforts.
At its meeting of October 3, 2017, the T&S Committee agreed on the following as its priorities for the upcoming 6-8 months:
On Sunday June 11, 2017 the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) is partnering with the City’s Safer Roads Program to host a Bike Rodeo in Windsor Park.
OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee has invited our neighboring communities to help make this cycling event as useful, practical, and as much fun as possible. On June 11th residents from Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Old Ottawa East and Heron Park will mount their broncos (bicycles) to ride several of Capital Ward’s bicycle pathways/routes to Windsor Park where some of the City’s finest traffic & safety experts will share “tips” on bicycle safety and know-how.
Do you have something to report to the City? Perhaps it's an illegally parked car on your street, or a huge pothole around the corner, or you may want to compliment a City employee for a job well done! Well, the good news is that it’s very easy!
Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls between Bank Street and Pig Island along the eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and has been progressing on schedule. After a work platform was installed along the site, the contractor began the demolition work associated with this project—removing the old guard rails and chipping away damaged concrete from both the face and top of the wall.
During the week of February 20th 2017, reinforcements and form work began to be put in place to ready the site for the new concrete. The concrete will begin to be poured and placed in early March. The project to repair this section of the Rideau Canal Walls in downtown Ottawa is on schedule to be completed by Spring 2017. The in water work should be completed by April with the shoreline and trail work to follow.
Those wanting to access the canal skateway from the stairs at Echo Drive/Avenue Road have been facing an obstacle, namely the stairway closure including concrete barriers at the bottom of the stairs prohibiting easy crossing of Colonel By Drive.
There is a promise to fix this — an update from Ian Grabina from the office of Councillor David Chernushenko: