Ottawa urged to re-purpose underused streets for cyclists, pedestrians

By Josh Pringle, CTV News Ottawa, March 29, 2020

OTTAWA -- Ecology Ottawa and two Councillors would like to see pedestrians and cyclists fill empty traffic lanes on Ottawa’s roads during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Ottawa tells CTV News Ottawa that there has been an approximately 50 per cent decrease in traffic across the city over the past two weeks.

Employees working at home, school cancellations and calls for physical distancing has reduced traffic volume on all roads and highways.

(...)In a media release, Ecology Ottawa says “now is the time for the Mayor to show leadership by re-purposing underused streets for the health and safety of pedestrians and cyclists.” The group notes ensuring safe access to the streets would allow Ottawans to get outdoors while practicing effective physical distancing.

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