Where is the mechanism to move ideas like fixing the arterials (by making them 2 way, and eventually by reducing the number of lanes or adding bike lanes)?
UPDATE 2011-11-03: I got a response (Ross at the Mid-Centretown Tomorrow blog has always been great with fast, detailed responses).
Hi Richard – No, Urban Strategies is not involved in the Mobility
Overlay, although Delcan (who were our transportation consultants) are
the folks who are actually leading the Mobility Overlay Study. Teh good
news there is that they will be able to transfer all their work over
from the CDP to the DOMO study, so they will be well versed in local
Centretown issues. Related to that, there is an updated Mobility
Position paper that will be published with the final CDP – some further
work on parking, TDM, two way conversions and the implications of
removing metcalfe street from the Museum of Nature lawns.
With regard to your questions around the Mobility Overlay, your best
bet for answers and understanding how transportation networks might be
improved and/or impact on adjacent communities is to contact Nelson
Edwards at the City of Ottawa (firstname.lastname@example.org). Nelson is the
project manager and will have the most recent information on the scope
and methods of the study. It was our understanding that DOMO was to
look at the two way conversions as part of its scope. I hope that this
is still the case. As you know, Centretown has been included as the Area
of Influence….but I am not really sure what this means with regard to
work being undertaken locally.