Group calls on city to better balance transportation needs
A local environmental advocacy group wants the city to adopt a plan that would better balance the needs of different modes of transport.
The policy framework, called Complete Streets, is starting to be adopted in Calgary and Waterloo.
Ecology Ottawa wants to bring it to the nation's capital, and not just in the downtown core.
If passed, an official policy would guide the planning of new and retrofitted roads. Specifically, it might mean wider sidewalks, more bike lanes, prioritized transit lanes or better crosswalks for pedestrians, all established on a case-by-case basis.
"Certainly Laurier Avenue right now, with its segregated bike lane, I think would be a good example. It has fairly wide sidewalks as well," said Trevor Haché, Ecology Ottawa's policy co-ordinator, during Ottawa Morning.
"But a further … step could be to have some type of a system that prioritizes public transit vehicles on the road," he said.
A Complete Streets project manager working for the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation will be speaking at an information session/campaign launch at the University of Ottawa Tuesday night.
Ryan Anders-Whitney said policies such as these are always balancing acts.
"It's not necessarily taking space away from cars always to give it to somebody else, it's more balancing it, looking at a road and saying perhaps this road has capacity to provide more space for cyclists and pedestrians without kind of taking away from other users," he said.
Tuesday night's meeting is also being organized by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa's Bike Co-op, Walk Ottawa, Citizens for Safe Cycling, Green Communities Canada and EnviroCentre.