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Monday, October 31, 2011
Ottawa Sidewalk (pedestrian) Summit Nov 8, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 7-9 pm
Ottawa City Hall, Colonel By Room (second floor near Lisgar St. entrance)
110 Laurier Avenue West

Dear fellow pedestrians,
The City of Ottawa spends tens of millions of dollars a year on road building, but very little on dedicated pedestrian-specific projects. As announced earlier, I am hosting a meeting on pedestrian safety that will bring together pedestrian advocates, community representatives and residents who want to improve our city's walking environment.

At the meeting we will discuss the disconnect between what is promised in official planning documents (such as the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan) and what is spent in City budgets. We will also break out into groups to share our experiences and concerns about walking in Ottawa, to develop a priority list of pedestrian problems that need to be solved, and plan ways to make that happen.

As you walk around town between now and November 8th, consider the following topics and if possible please bring a list of 5 examples in each category.

1.     General problems that apply city-wide (e.g. not enough money spent on building, or maintaining pedestrian linkages and routes)

2.     Location-specific chronic problems in any part of the city (e.g. the light at the end of my street takes a long time to change after I press the crosswalk button)

3.     Degradations—where conditions have recently gotten worse (e.g. new vehicular-priority advance turn signals, barricades to convenient street crossings, or the pathway gate at Preston and Albert that was recently locked)

Please pass along this invitation to anyone you think would be interested in improving conditions for pedestrians.


Diane Holmes
Councillor, Somerset Ward

You may also want to consider trying to connect this up with the overlapping but apparently disconnected work being done by the Centretown Design Plan, the Downtown Mobility Overlay (apparently now called Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa's Streets), Choosing Our Future and NCC Horizon 2067.

See also: Downtown Moves - Public Lecture Program - Nov 2 & 3, 2011

UPDATE 2011-11-01: Also of note is the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan, marked draft 2009.  ENDUPDATE

May 30, 2011  Centretown planning links

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