Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Woodroffe and Knightsbridge, south-east corner
By Transit: Route 87, bus stop at this corner.
As you may be aware, an elderly woman was struck and killed last week while walking near the intersection of Woodroffe and Knightsbridge in the west end of the City, near Carlingwood. Few details have emerged about this incident, and the story quickly faded from the news (links at bottom).
The loss of a life in traffic is not something that should be so quickly forgotten. Walk Ottawa will be meeting tomorrow afternoon near the site of the collision to erect a pedestrian memorial marker. This marker is intended to bring attention to pedestrian safety, and to act as a physical reminder that a life was lost at this location. Roadside markers in the form of “ghost bikes” have been very effective to raise awareness about cycling safety following fatal collisions involving cyclists.
Walk Ottawa is a volunteer group whose mission is “to provide a voice for pedestrian safety and walkable communities for the City of Ottawa through policy advocacy and community empowerment.”
I would like to thank Mark Taylor, Councillor for Bay Ward, for joining Walk Ottawa members and myself at this event. Please join us and forward this invitation to your networks.