The Spring Members Meeting will be on June 10 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., June 10th at City Hall, Honeywell Room
On behalf of Walk Ottawa’s Steering Committee, I would like to invite you to Walk Ottawa’s Annual General Meeting, which will be on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7-9pm at City Hall.
The agenda will include:
- Guest Speaker(s)*
- Election of Steering Committee for 2014-2015
- Approval of subcommittee structure
- Approval of Logo
*The Steering Committee is still working on confirming presentations, but it will likely include one on Winter Walking & Cycling Networks, and one on pedestrian improvements to the Highway Traffic Act.
Please feel free to invite anyone you think may be interested in coming to Walk Ottawa’s AGM and becoming involved in the group.
Meeting #13 – Agenda
April 14, 2014, 7-9pm, Ottawa City Hall, Richmond Room
- Introductions (Name, neighbourhood)
- Approval of minutes
- Business arising from previous minutes:
- Presentation: Healthy Transportation Coalition (Trevor Haché)
- The sidewalk patio application for Bank & Gladstone was deferred until the Elgin Street Patio Pilot has concluded, and the bench at that corner will be reinstated. Comments on the Elgin St patios can be sent to email@example.com
- Walkability audits for Elgin and Bank Streets can be downloaded from: http://centretowncitizens.ca/walkability-audits-elgin-bank/
- Steering Committee Report
- Future of Walk Ottawa, structure & activities
- Complete Street for Main Street update
- Member Recruitment
i. Recruitment poster (attached per last meeting action item)
ii. WO Branding (logo/banner)
- WO website (walkottawa.ca) and e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Review of major pedestrian incidents since the last meeting
- Rideau/Waller Feb 21, 2014 (26 y.o. woman) – Marker installed Apr 2 (See Document 3)
- Sign Shop proposals – See Document 2,
- Announcements/Other business
- Jane’s Walks Ottawa will be held Saturday & Sunday May 3-4, 2014, plus two Jane’s Talk events. In addition to attending the free walks around the city, you can help by acting as a marshal on an existing walk, or giving your own walk on a topic you’re familiar with. Visit www.janeswalkottawa.ca for more details.
- A set of new weekly walking groups is being launched starting May 6 in Kanata, Nepean and Barrhaven. See www.StreetStrollers.ca
- Pedestrian signals will activate automatically on Bank Street in the Glebe 7am-9pm on weekdays and 9am-6pm on weekends.
- Note the first two items on the March 5, 2014 Transportation Committee agenda: Traffic Control Device Initiatives (including a catalogue of traffic calming measures), and Pedestrian Crossing [Signals]: http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=6124&doctype=AGENDA
- Note the “Response to Inquiries” on the April 10, 2014 Transportation Committee agenda, “Winter Maintenance on Sidewalks”. “It would cost an additional $4.1 million to maintain 1,370 km of 2B and 3 sidewalks at a 2A standard (Bare Surface)…” http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=6319&doctype=AGENDA
- Next meeting: June 2014?
- Forward agenda: Decision on Walk Ottawa structure
The agenda from our last Walk Ottawa meeting in February can now be downloaded.
The Steering Committee has decided to schedule the next meeting of Walk Ottawa on Monday, February 3, 2014, 7pm in the Richmond Room (turn right at the top of the stairs from Lisgar).
Due to the long time since the last meeting, I’m only including the media coverage.
- Minutes from the September meeting (Draft – to be approved at the next meeting)
More links/information will follow closer to the meeting.
The only exception is the patio application for 425 Bank Street. This patio would be similar to the ones on Elgin Street, which some of you have expressed concerns about. Staff are asking for comments about the application by January 27 (see contact info in the letter if you are interested in sending your comments).
In the Media
Since the previous meeting, we have had a number of pedestrian deaths, including two in October/November where Walk Ottawa installed its new pedestrian memorial markers. This initiative by Walk Ottawa led to some increased attention to pedestrian safety in the media:
- “Pay attention, Ottawa cops tell cyclists, walkers” – 2013-11-30 Ottawa Sun article with stats: http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/11/29/pay-attention-ottawa-cops-tell-cyclists-walkers
- “Walk Ottawa wants changes to city intersections” – 2013-11-15 CBC online: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/walk-ottawa-wants-changes-to-city-intersections-1.2427365
- “Roadside memorial put up in Nepean for pedestrian killed by car” – 2013-11-14 Ottawa Sun article with video: http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/11/14/roadside-memorial-put-up-in-nepean-for-pedestrian-killed-by-car
- Ottawa receives Silver Walk Friendly Ontario designation – 2013-11-13 Canada Walks/Green Communities Canada press release
- “Driver arrested after man struck in downtown Ottawa” – 2013-10-30 CBC story on Bank/Laurier road rage incident: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/driver-arrested-after-man-struck-in-downtown-ottawa-1.2288516
- “Mystery fatality raises pedestrian safety issues” – 2013-10-29 Citizen story on pedestrian deaths on Centrepointe: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Mystery+fatality+raises+pedestrian+safety+issues/9099149/story.html
- “New Ottawa pedestrian memorials aim to improve safety”- 2013-10-26 CBC story with video on Woodroffe marker: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/new-ottawa-pedestrian-memorials-aim-to-improve-safety-1.2252837
- “’Ghost’ cut-out erected on Woodroffe Avenue to remember pedestrian killed in accident” – 2013-10-25 Citizen story on Woodroffe marker: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Ghost+erected+Woodroffe+Avenue+remember+pedestrian+killed/9084763/story.html
- “Memorial marks site of pedestrian’s death” – 2013-10-25 CFRA story (no longer available online)
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.
There are some important milestones coming up which were discussed at last week’s meeting:
1. Updates to Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (OPP)
Wednesday, October 9: These two plans will be tabled (i.e. released) at a joint meeting of Transportation Committee and Transit Commission. The Mayor will be giving a speech that morning on transportation issues.
Tuesday, October 15, 4-8pm: the first of four information sessions will take place at City Hall. For the three other dates/locations, see attachment
Friday, November 15: Transportation Committee* will consider the TMP, OPP and Ottawa Cycling Plan. *Individuals and groups may make public delegations at the Committee meeting.
Tuesday, November 26: City Council will consider all Master Plans, including the TMP and OPP.
See www.ottawa.ca/liveableottawa for a full schedule and to download the plans after October 9.
2.Walk Ottawa working group meeting to review TMP and OPP
If there is interest in a meeting to review the TMP and OPP, Councillor Holmes can arrange a meeting room, refreshments, and printed copies of the documents. Contact Charles if interested in participating. No date set yet, but it would likely be a weekday evening.
Note: Councillor Homes has sent her preliminary comments on the transportation portions of the draft Official Plan (OP) update, which was released previously. These are attached for your reference.
3. Walk Ottawa 2014 budget submission
You can read the letter that Walk Ottawa submitted to the City on September 25 regarding the 2014 budget, which includes the changes discussed at the last Walk Ottawa meeting. For more information on the 2014 budget process and timelines, see www.ottawa.ca/budget2014
4. Pedestrian Safety Evaluation Program (PSEP) report to Transportation Committee
A report on the Pedestrian Safety Evaluation Program pilot project is tentatively scheduled to go to Transportation Committee on December 4. This was approved in April 2010 as a 3-year pilot project (Details: http://www.ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/citycouncil/trc/2010/04-07/10-ACS2010-COS-PWS-0001_EN.htm ). More information about the December report will be available closer to the meeting date.
5. Next Walk Ottawa meeting – TBD
The next Walk Ottawa meeting has not been scheduled. If it is in November, it will likely not be on a Monday night.
Walk Ottawa is a group of citizen volunteers who contribute their time, talent, and resources to promote walkability and advance the interests of pedestrians in Ottawa.
We are pleased to provide the following recommendation for consideration in developing the City’s 2014 budget:
The next Walk Ottawa meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 23, 2013.
In the meantime, here are a number of updates and documents to review:
- Minutes from the June meeting (Draft – to be approved at the next meeting)
- Walk Ottawa Introduction and Vision (Minutes item 5b, originally circulated Dec 2012). Hopefully you can use this information to submit letters and articles to your local community papers about Walk Ottawa to get more people interested and involved.
- Improvements at “Top 20 Intersections” (Minutes item 5c)
News & links
- The City has installed the new pilot traffic calming signs mentioned in item 5d.
- The lecture webcast by John Pucher is available on YouTube (Minutes item 8c)
- The City’s draft Official Plan Amendment (Minutes item 8e) was tabled at Planning Committee and at Transportation Committee earlier this summer. The Transportation Master Plan and Ottawa Pedestrian Plan are anticipated to be tabled at the end of September. They are anticipated to be considered by City Council in December. Draft OPA can be downloaded from: http://ottawa.ca/liveableottawa
- Sadly, a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run on August 12 on Frank Kenny Road.
- Metro News reports of a campaign to get the province to issue demerit points to distracted drivers: http://metronews.ca/news/ottawa/770142/ottawa-man-pushing-for-demerits-for-distracted-drivers/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/consequenceofdrivingwithhandhelddevices
- There is a push to get a signalized crosswalk on Innes Road, where the bus stop is across the street from the jail.
- Centretown residents performed an active transportation audit to evaluate the safety of streets in Centretown, following a similar audit in Lowertown. A report by the group is expected in September.
More pedestrian statistics from previous years can be found on the “Resources” page under the heading “Ottawa pedestrian statistics”. The PDFs are sorted alphabetically by street (if at an intersection, it’s sorted by the street that appears first in the alphabet).
The Steering Committee is seeking a couple of volunteers to help them host an info table for Walk Ottawa. As part of Sustainable Transportation Week September 16-22, EnviroCentre and the City of Ottawa will be (hopefully) closing a street to motor vehicles to open it for a street festival for Car Free Day, Sunday, September 22, 2013 (details TBA). Walk Ottawa has been invited to host a table, and with a couple more people it will be easier to host the table to give generic information about Walk Ottawa, talk to people about their walking concerns, and encouraging people to get involved with Walk Ottawa. Contact me if interested (email@example.com) and I’ll forward it to the relevant Steering Committee member.
There is a vacancy on the Walk Ottawa Steering Committee, as Ron Brown has had to withdraw. Please contact me (Charles) if interested.