Traffic Calming Measures on Rosehill – Feedback Requested

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Traffic staff are looking for public feedback regarding the installation of chicanes on Rosehill Avenue between Santolina Street and Mazon Street.

A chicane is a traffic calming measure that curves the road inward requiring one direction of traffic to give way to oncoming vehicles and slowing traffic for safety.

Chicanes typically consists of a raised curb and just like in curb extensions, a hazard marker sign will be placed on the chicane.   Groups of chicanes are normally placed with alternating priority down a road, so that each direction of vehicle traffic may have to stop and give priority in equal amounts.

Any person who wishes to raise objections to these road modifications is encouraged to contact the City Clerk, in writing, at the address below by August 13, 2018.

City Clerk

110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1

You can also email Neeti Paudel, Transportation Services Department (613-580-2424, extension 22284) at Neeti.paudel@ottawa.ca.

STEP to focus on pedestrian safety and roundabouts

For the month of August, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to pedestrian safety and roundabouts.

 

1709 collisions, 1826 injuries, and 31 fatalities occurred between 2012 and 2016 involving pedestrians.

 

Likewise, there have been 535 collisions involving roundabouts. These collisions resulted in 62 injuries.

 

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program helps to raise awareness of easily preventable traffic violations to help to keep our roads safe.

 

It operates in coordination with the Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department, committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

Traffic Calming Measures on Rosehill – Feedback Requested

Rosehill-RMA-2018-TPD-053B-2 (002)

Traffic staff are looking for public feedback regarding the installation of chicanes on Rosehill Avenue between Santolina Street and Mazon Street.

 A chicane is a traffic calming measure that curves the road inward requiring one direction of traffic to give way to oncoming vehicles and slowing traffic for safety.

 Chicanes typically consists of a raised curb and just like in curb extensions, a hazard marker sign will be placed on the chicane.   Groups of chicanes are normally placed with alternating priority down a road, so that each direction of vehicle traffic may have to stop and give priority in equal amounts.

 Any person who wishes to raise objections to these road modifications is encouraged to contact the City Clerk, in writing, at the address below by August 13, 2018.

City Clerk

110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1

You can also email Neeti Paudel, Transportation Services Department (613-580-2424, extension 22284) at Neeti.paudel@ottawa.ca.

Fringewood Drive Traffic Management Study Now Active

As mentioned in last months’ newsletter, Fringewood Drive is being reviewed for road modifications. I would like to thank all residents who took the opportunity to submit feedback on the project before it was finalized.

Now, the Fringewood Drive Traffic Management Study became active this week on the City website at http://ottawa.ca/Fringewooddrive (please accept my apologies as there was a problem with last week’s direct hyperlink).

The Area Traffic Management study intends to review potential for traffic calming measures, such as speed humps, narrowings, etc. Staff are just starting the project so resident feedback is encouraged to help recommend options for Fringewood Drive.

I highly encourage residents to visit the link and fill out a short online survey to better assist staff in meeting the needs of residents. Thank you.

Cycling Safety event on July 29 on the Trans Canada Trail in Stittsville and Kanata

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A 10 year-old boy prepares to safely ride his bicycle.

On Sunday, July 29, the Ottawa Police Service and Safer Roads Ottawa are holding education and awareness initiatives on the Trans Canada Trail in Stittsville.

 

On July 29th, trek the trails from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. near Abbott Street and West Ridge Drive in Stittsville and 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Shetland Park in Kanata

 

The focus of the event will be to review the safest ways for cyclists and pedestrians to share the paths, including how to pass other cyclists and pedestrians, visibility, speeding and having proper equipment.

 

Officers will be on hand with ATVs to show and tell what it’s like to patrol on trails and off-road conditions. Safer Roads Ottawa will also be available for questions or concerns from residents.

 

I highly encourage all Stittsville cyclists to take this great opportunity to learn more about safe cycling initiatives to better help you blaze the trails!

Fringewood Drive Traffic Management Study Now Active

As mentioned in last months’ newsletter, Fringewood Drive is being reviewed for road modifications. I would like to thank all residents who took the opportunity to submit feedback on the project before it was finalized.

Now, the Fringewood Drive Traffic Management Study became active this week on the City website at http://ottawa.ca/Fringewooddrive.

The Area Traffic Management study intends to review potential for traffic calming measures, such as speed humps, narrowings, etc. Staff are just starting the project so resident feedback is encouraged to help recommend options for Fringewood Drive.

 

I highly encourage residents to visit the link and fill out a short online survey to better assist staff in meeting the needs of residents. Thank you.

2017 Ottawa Collision Data

I wanted to take a moment to share a valuable resource provided by the City’s Transportation Staff.

 

2017 Collision Data has been released on ottawa.ca and on Open Data Ottawa. Below, residents are invited to review data summary sheets prepared annually in support of the collision data release.  Sheets include:

 

Included in the data sheets is useful information in City Planning such as the top 10 signalized intersection collision locations (featured below).

I highly encourage all interested residents to review the information to get a better idea of what, where, when, how, and why accidents happen in the City of Ottawa.

Top 10 Signalized Intersection Collision Locations

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Carp and Hazeldean Fully-Protected Turn Signals Now Installed

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I wanted to take a quick moment to share the good news that after months of going back and forth with traffic staff and hearing feedback from residents, the intersection of Hazeldean and Carp Rd is now fully equipped with two new fully-protected advance green left turn signals.

Traffic staff have implemented the new fully-protected advance green left turn signals travelling East from Hazeldean onto Carp (moving North toward the 417) and North from Carp onto Hazeldean (moving West).

The new lights are in addition to the fully-protected lights that presently exist when travelling South down Carp and turning East onto Hazeldean.

This is great news for residents who have expressed concern for safety at this intersection when making a left turn without having full visibility of oncoming traffic.

Late last fall, my office conducted a month-long survey on my website, requesting residents to provide their specific vote on what changes, if any, they would like to see at the intersection. 747 votes in total were collected with an impressive majority voting in support of both a Northbound and Eastbound advance turn signal.

Over the winter, I worked with traffic staff to review the results who reiterated their earlier points that by implementing the changes, traffic may be delayed in other directions. I relayed this information back to residents in the spring with charted projections of expected traffic delays during both morning and afternoon rush-hours, requesting residents to share any additional feedback they may have before moving forward with the changes. Most feedback continued to remain in support for the project so I provided staff the green light to begin with the planning.

Now, I am happy to see that the advance signals are officially up and running. This has been a long process and I would like to thank everyone in the community who has taken the time to share their input during this consultation process and reach out to me over the years and for expression your patience while staff and I worked toward a solution that prioritized safety with the consistent flow of traffic. I would also like to thank traffic staff for all of their hard work and diligence in managing this very complicated file for the benefit of residents.

Please let me know your thoughts on these changes over the coming weeks by emailing me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca as I would be happy to share any comments either positive or negative with traffic staff to better monitor the trend of this important intersection moving forward.

OC Transpo is the best way to get to RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest

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OC Transpo is the best travel option for residents and visitors heading to Bluesfest this year, with frequent, direct service to LeBreton Flats from July 5 to 15.

 

A ticket to Bluesfest is also your ticket to ride OC Transpo for free. Bluesfest customers can ride the bus three hours before the start and up to two hours after the end of the event on the date or dates their ticket is valid. Customers simply show their ticket, card, key fob or bracelet to the bus operator as they board, or to a transit fare inspector if requested.

 

Twelve routes provide direct service to and from LeBreton Station (16, 44, 61, 62, 85, 86, 87, 91, 94, 95, 97 and 98) as well as the nearby O-Train Line 2, the Trillium Line. Free parking is available at Park & Ride lots across the city.

 

Additional trips are scheduled at the beginning of the evening so that festival-goers can get to the venue as quickly as possible. Between 11 and 11:45 pm, extra trips will be added to Rapid routes departing LeBreton Station to accommodate the crowds leaving at the end of the night. O-Train Line 2 will also operate more frequently in the late evening Monday through Saturday, and will have extended service until midnight on Sundays during Bluesfest.

 

Route 44 may experience minor detours and delays in the LeBreton Flats area during Bluesfest.

 

Para Transpo will also provide direct service to and from Bluesfest. Registered customers using this service also just need to show their ticket, card, key fob or bracelet to the bus operator when being picked up.
For more information, please visit www.octranspo.com

Canada Day Traffic Impacts / Hazeldean Road Temporary Closure July 1

A number of traffic impacts will be taking place downtown and in Stittsville in relation to Canada Day.

 

On July 1st, Hazeldean road will be temporarily closed between Terry Fox and Huntmar from 8:00-10:00 AM for the Kanata Road Races.

 

Traffic approaching from the west will be diverted northbound onto Huntmar, eastbound on Maple Grove and then north on Terry Fox (or continuing east). Traffic approaching from the east will be diverted north on Terry Fox, westbound on Maple Grove to Huntmar or continue north.

 

Police officers will be on site directing traffic at Hazeldean & Iber and allowing vehicles to enter the closure to access the businesses on the north side (Lowe’s, etc) or to access residences. If vehicles continue to Terry Fox, they will be forced southbound by the officer at that intersection.
The race will begin at the Kanata Recreation Complex on Terry Fox in the southbound lanes.

 

The majority of road closures in the area will be manned by the Ottawa Police.

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Downtown closures are listed at https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day/visitor-information/street-closures.html and on the above map.