Reevely: Watson's traffic-safety plan ignores the real problem — generations of bad street design

By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, October 1, 2018

Jim Watson’s pledges to improve traffic safety are just promises to keep doing the things Ottawa has always done: build dangerous streets and hope that enforcement blitzes will make up for the mayor and city council’s lack of nerve.

“Although we’ve made progress, we have to take an even more aggressive approach to make community safety a daily priority for each and every resident of Ottawa,” Watson said Sunday, dropping his latest set of campaign promises as he runs for mayor again. Regular police blitzes show just how dangerous it is out there, he said. Not to mention the regular reports of pedestrians and cyclists struck by cars and trucks.

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