Road safety isn't a partisan issue, and not something to rush into either: councillor

By Ottawa Matters Staff, 1310 News, July 25, 2019

In the wake of another fatal collision involving a cyclist on an Ottawa road, city councillors are debating how quickly action should be taken to keep cyclists and pedestrians safer on local streets.

Kitchissippi councillor Jeff Leiper is again touting his Vision Zero motion. The motion's goal is to fast track some initiatives, building infrastructure which will make the city's street's safer for cyclists and pedestrians, in order to get the amount of cycling and pedestrian deaths in Ottawa down to zero.

"[The Wednesday crash which killed a 13-year-old in Orleans] brings in to sharp relief once again the need for Ottawa to get serious about protecting cyclist." Leiper told Ottawa Today on 1310 NEWS.

The councillor put forward his Vision Zero motion back in June, however council voted to hand the idea over to the city's Transportation Department and have them come up with an in-depth plan on how to make roads safer.

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