Dispute over traffic signal highlights safety riddle facing suburbs

By Laura Osman, CBC News Ottawa, March 27, 2018

Which came first, the traffic light or the bus stop? At one intersection in Ottawa's Blossom Park neighbourhood, the answer is neither, and that's why people living there won't be crossing the road any time soon.

It's a chicken-and-egg conundrum that highlights the difficulties facing growing suburban communities when it comes to traffic safety, and neither residents nor their city councillors seem to have a solution to the riddle.

Coun. Diane Deans wants a developer to install traffic lights at Lester Road and Meandering Brook Drive, where Valecraft Homes is building a 156-unit subdivision.

"Every community deserves to have safety, and every community deserves to be properly served by public transit," Deans said Tuesday.


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