Patios causing pedestrian congestion in the ByWard Market

By Idil Mussa, CBC News Ottawa, June 23, 2018

Some residents in Lowertown are hoping this will be the last summer the sidewalks of Ottawa's ByWard Market will be overcrowded.

The popular downtown district is filled with bars and restaurants with adjoining patios, making navigating around them a tricky task for pedestrians — especially those with accessibility issues or baby strollers.

"The challenges are narrow sidewalks to begin with," said Peter Ferguson with the Lowertown Community Association.

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