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Please find the Capital Ward update below. If you need anything during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office.
Space on the Bank Street Canal Bridge for Physical Distancing
We have heard from hundreds of residents that they need more room in our community to be able to practice physical distancing.
After much work, the city has agreed to re-purpose the two outer curb lanes for active transportation. This will give more space for people to practice physical distancing as they walk, roll and bike. The project will be paid for out of my office’s budget for Temporary Traffic Calming (TTC) measures.
Obviously, this is a difficult time for everyone in Ottawa. As much as possible, people should be staying at home. But when they do need to go out, this is a key street with many essential services.
There have been long-standing safety issues over the bridge, as the sidewalks are relatively narrow with high pedestrian traffic. There is fast, close-passing traffic, and bicyclists have difficulty biking in traffic lanes over the steep incline of the bridge.
With COVID-19 and the reduction in traffic, residents’ desire to practice physical distancing, and the fact that many residents were walking in the street to give each other space, it made even more sense to act.
This is a first step in the process of creating physical distancing space in our ward.
This measure should be in place within the week. In the meantime, we are taking any comments you may have on this issue and physical distancing, in general.
We would like to thank the community advocates who have sought this change for many years, and who have really pushed to have this happen, now.