By Brigitte Pellerin, Ottawa Citizen, October 9, 2018
On Oct. 22, Ottawa residents elect a new city council. To help local candidates as they campaign, the Citizen features some ideas that would make the city a better place. Today, Brigitte Pellerin makes the pitch for fewer cars downtown – and hints at how that can be accomplished.
Driving to my house near the Civic Hospital, I am confronted with a beast.
Construction. They’re widening the Queensway again. I want to scream.
I am no urban engineer. But I get around enough, in various cities across North American and the Unite Kingdom, to notice something important: Every time a road gets widened to ease congestion, more people use it. Resulting in … more congestion. Until the road looks like Highway 401 in Toronto or the Capital Beltway around Washington: a giant, smelly, incredibly frustrating parking lot.
We need to stop widening roads and otherwise “improving” our road infrastructure, and pronto. By putting an immediate moratorium on it. We’d save ourselves a whole bunch of money that we could spend moving people around in much more efficient and environmentally friendly ways.https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/armchair-mayor-fewer-cars-more-transit-options-would-invigorate-ottawa