On September 1, 2015, the rules of the road will be updated to help keep Ontarians safe. Changes include tougher penalties for distracted driving, new rules to protect cyclists, and measures to ensure the safety of tow truck drivers and children riding school buses.
I've heard from a number of residents who are concerned about the speed of traffic on Ossington St. Based on staff recommendations, I'm proposing to install two speed humps along Ossington between Bank and Grosvenor. After considering several spots, City staff identified 9/12 Ossington and at 18/19 Ossington as the most suitable locations.
In response to a complaint from the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee about ongoing illegal left turns at Echo Drive north on to Bank Street, a new temporary sign has been installed on Echo Drive. As well, a police car has been stationed at the intersection during targeted peak periods. Thanks to City officials and the Ottawa Police for their assistance in discouraging this dangerous practice of illegal left turns.
This last month they seem to be popping up everywhere: zebra stripes at Aylmer & Bank and lately at Sunnyside & Riverdale and yet another dazzle a little further south at Cameron & Riverdale – the latest arrivals in a series of recommendations endorsed by OSCA in 2012.
We seem to be on a roll! The Annual Report of the Lansdowne Transportation Management Operations Committee (LTMOC) is due in April 2015 and now that “big event” planning and the Redblacks season is under control, “everyday operations” will attract more of the attention of the City and LTMOC (not all traffic recommendations come under the Lansdowne Monitoring Plan, some sit squarely with the City and its response to increased traffic in Ottawa).
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, OSCA endorsed recommendations from the OOS Traffic Survey launched online in June 2013. The survey was initiated in response to traffic management issues raised at the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC), chaired by Councilor David Chernushenko.
The OOS Traffic Survey acts as a bridge between two official City of Ottawa studies, one completed in 2012 west of Bank Street, the other initiated in May 2013 east of Bank encompassing Riverdale Avenue & Area including Sunnyside Avenue east of Bank (results expected late 2013 or early 2014).
Thank you Old Ottawa South! Your response to this community’s Traffic Survey has been outstanding!
Deadline for the survey was Friday, June 21, 2013. Since then a review team has been formed, a process established, and a deadline for draft recommendations set for early September. It’s a big job: total number of responses to the survey is 626 with 285 comments. The narrative component is significant and it’s important that we give this element of the survey the attention it deserves. Each comment will be reviewed.
In the meantime, we will be working with City officials to share certain elements of the survey to make sure that they are submitted in a timely manner to official parallel processes. For example, the survey includes responses & comments that directly affect the City’s Riverdale Traffic Study. These will be shared with the City this summer to ensure their consideration under their established community consultation process for traffic studies.
Come September, more detailed data, analysis, and recommendations will be available in the OSCAR & online. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, we would like to share with you some of the following results:
Main Street Changes Narrowly Approved at Committee
The 'Complete Street' concept for Main Street in Old Ottawa East was considered at the July 5, 2013 Transportation Committee meeting. The recommended option of 'cycle tracks' for part of the street was approved but not without a long and rancourous debate of how commuters may be affected. Full council will vote on the project on July 17th.
Read the Ottawa Citizen recount of the meeting: ‘Complete street’ vision for Main Street squeaks through transportation committee or the Ottawa Community News story: Plan for Future of Main Street Approved - Divided committee passes 'complete street' vision for community.
Read the Old Ottawa East Community Association's endorsement of the proposed design: Main Street Renewal: OOECA Support of "Preferred Design"- Alternative 5 and the views of Citizens for Safe Cycling on the recommendations: Transportation Committee Should Choose Complete Streets Approach for Main Street.
See the information presented at the June open house public meetings for the Main Street Renewal and McIlraith Bridge Rehabilitation on the City of Ottawa’s website where you can find the display boards and their individual PDFs.
Main Street Renewal Project and McIlraith Bridge Rehabilitation Project
The City of Ottawa is undertaking the Functional, Preliminary and Detailed Design for the renewal of Main Street (from Echo Drive to the Rideau River) and portions of Lees Avenue (from Main Street to Chestnut Street) and Rideau River Drive (from Main Street to 130m South of Main Street). The proposed works include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of various components of the street infrastructure within the right-of-ways. The project designs will have regard for the streets’ various planned functions and the various community contexts along the project limits. The project has developed alternatives, some of which include lane reductions to accommodate a cycling facility in the corridor. As such, the project is being planned as a Schedule C project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.