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Traffic and Safety

The Traffic and Safety Committee advises the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) on issues related to traffic & transportation and is the Board’s primary liaison with residents, the City, and other organizations.

Traffic and safety committee recruitment poster

What does the Traffic Committee do? Through a variety of activities the committee:

  • Encourages community dialogue on traffic issues affecting OOS
  • Monitors development proposals for conformity with principles and policies endorsed by the Board
  • Recommends policy positions to OSCA, following community consultation, analysis, and discussions with the City and other stakeholders

The Traffic Committee meets monthly, the first Tuesday of every month — check with the Firehall for time & place.

Key issues on the committee’s agenda include:

  • Promoting safe cycling in Old Ottawa South
  • Lobbying for a safe crossing of Colonel By Drive between Avenue Road and Bronson
  • Reducing danger on Bank Street, including the Bank Street Bridge, by eliminating speeding, red light running, and illegal left turns
  • Increasing enforcement of parking bylaws
  • Participating in greening projects to enhance the community and influence driver behaviour e.g. Green Dreamers
  • Participating in safety evaluations 
  • Working with the City of Ottawa on traffic-calming initiatives 

Do any of these topics interest you? Are you interested in doing more or would you like to share skills that could enhance these issues? Do you want to learn more about advocacy and/or lobbying?  Do you want to engage in “greening” projects that will enhance your community and change driver behavior patterns?  There is always room for more ideas and volunteers.

Comments and questions are welcome.  Contact the committee at trafficandsafety@oldottawasouth.ca.

Traffic & Safety Committee Objectives for 2021-2022

OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee – Final Draft
Objectives for May 2021- May 2022

Enhanced safety for pedestrians and Cyclists

•    Continue advocating, through consultations, meetings, articles etc. for improved  safety for cyclists and pedestrians on the Bank Street Canal Bridge including separated lanes for cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles.
•    Participate with the Councillor’s “Between the Bridges” pilot project to enliven Bank Street for businesses and allow safer active transportation along Bank Street in OOS.
•    Advocate for Bank Street in Old Ottawa South to become a complete street in order to enhance pedestrian and cycling safety and promote active transportation.
•    Advocate for changes to the Billings Bridge to improve safety for cyclists.
•    Gain commitment for enhanced safety and access to the canal pathway through an Echo/Colonel By Project including:
        a)    permanent bulb-out at Bank and Echo on the southwest corner forcing cars to turn right, 
        b)    counterflow bike lane down the Echo ramp from Bank to Colonel By, 
        c)     PXO at Echo and Colonel By, 
        d)    winter maintenance of Echo ramp sidewalk between Bank and Colonel By
•    Advocate for further safety measures on Riverdale including traffic calming measures, installation of bike lanes and monitoring new software development for the Bank and Riverdale intersection.
•    Ensure that a bike lane on Grosvenor is included in the plans for the Grove/Grosvenor Sewage and Road Improvement Project and that it is part of a wider cycling network plan between the Bank Street Canal Bridge and the Billings Bridge.
•    Gain commitment to retain temporary crossing guard at Bank and Belmont
•    Wayfaring signage indicating “Bank Street southbound only” on Colonel By and Queen Elizabeth


Reduce Dangerous Driving and Increase Law Enforcement

•    Gain commitment for red light cameras, photo radar and increased OPS presence in the Hopewell school zone on Bank Street and in other areas of OOS
•    Continue to monitor and promote an increased number of 4 way stops throughout Old Ottawa South 
•    Monitor traffic and parking implications of developments in OOS including Southminster Church, 1050-1060 Bank, Brewer Park, OLTBC  and Windsor Park
 

Liaison Activities

•    Maintain active engagement with the Councillor’s office, NCC and City Officials
•    Work together and support related work of other OSCA Committees – Planning and Zoning, SWOOS, Environment and Climate Change
•    Work together with like-minded organizations such as Bike Ottawa and Safer Roads Ottawa to achieve common goals
•    Stay abreast of the work of other community groups where participation could be helpful – Transportation Committee of the FCA, Hopewell Parents’ Council, Bank Street Bridge Design Public Advisory Committee, Parking Strategy Consultation Group, Bank Street (South) Renewal Working Group, Lansdowne Working Group etc


Budget and Staff Support Needed

•    $100.00 for miscellaneous expenses for Traffic and Safety
•    Light staff support for administrative activities – room bookings etc
•    Funding for unlimited access to Zoom time for Committee meetings

 

May 6, 2021

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OSCA Traffic & Safety Committee Accomplishments 2019/20 & Objectives 2020/21

OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee
Accomplishments 2019/20 & Objectives 2020/21 

 

Accomplishments for 2019-20

  1. Confirmation of the design and installation of the safe crossing at Seneca and Colonel By in spring/summer 2020
  2. Automated E/W pedestrian signals have been implemented during daytime hours at all E/W intersections on Bank in OOS except Riverdale
  3. Advanced pedestrian signals have been implemented at all E/W intersections on Bank in OOS except Riverdale
  4. At Bank and Aylmer, flashing countdown signal has been extended from 10 seconds to 12 seconds to give additional time to cross Bank Street
  5. Flex sticks were installed once again on the Echo ramp at Bank Street to discourage illegal left turns
  6. Planters blocking cycling traffic at the north end of the Bank Street bridge were moved
  7. OOS west of Bank has been declared a 30 km/hr speed limit zone – signs installed at entries and exits
  8. Speed reduced on Bronson between Riverside and Sunnyside from 70 km/hr to 60 km/hr
  9. Capital Spokes Bike Rally and Rodeo held on June 2, 2019
  10. Established a presence at the FCA Transportation Committee
     

Objectives for 2020-2021

Enhanced safety for pedestrians and Cyclists

  1. Completion of the signalized intersection at Seneca and Colonel By
  2. Improvement to contraflow bike lane on Cameron; stop sign on Seneca at Cameron
  3. Monitor implementation of new bike lanes on Seneca and Aylmer
  4. Advocating for renovations to the Bank Street Bridge to enhance safety for cyclists and pedestrians
  5. Monitor proposed changes to the #6 and #7 bus routes in OOS and proposed bike/bus lane on Bank from Riverdale to Aylmer (northbound on east side)
  6. Enhanced safety and access to the canal from the Echo ramp including – permanent bulb-out at Bank and Echo, counterflow bike lane from Bank to Colonel By, PXO at Colonel By, winter maintenance of Echo ramp sidewalk
  7. Enhance pedestrian safety at Bank and Riverdale; monitor software development controlling pedestrian signal to trigger simultaneously with vehicle signal
  8. New crossing guard at Bank and Belmont
  9. Wayfaring signage indicating “Bank Street southbound only” on Colonel By and Queen Elizabeth
  10. Assess and make recommendations concerning increased safety at the Sunnyside and Bank intersection

Reduce Dangerous Driving

  1. Reduce speed on Colonel By Drive between Bank and Bronson
  2. Assess and make recommendations re traffic calming measures in the 30 km/hour Gateway Speed Zone in OOS west of Bank and lobby for 30 km Speed Zone east of Bank; include additional 4 way stop intersections
  3. Utilize campaigns of Safer Roads Ottawa to increase Bike and pedestrian safety in OOS
  4. Work with OLTBC to calm traffic relating to the beach volleyball program

Increased Law Enforcement

  1. Red light cameras and photo radar in the school zone on Bank Street
  2. Monitor traffic and parking implications of developments in OOS including Southminster Church, 1050-1060 Bank, Brewer Park and Windsor Park
  3. Modernized speed boards on Bank Street

Other

  1. Stewardship and co-ordination of the greening of Bank Street and Sunnyside through the Green Dreamers

Budget and Staff Support Needed

  • $100.00 for miscellaneous expenses for Traffic and Safety
  • Light staff support for administrative activities – room bookings etc
  • $800.00 for the Green Dreamers
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