Should Ottawa motorists give way to pedestrians and cyclists to help physical distancing?

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, March 31, 2020

Top public health officials want people to physically stay away from each other to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, leading some municipal politicians to ask if the city should partially close streets to increase safe pedestrian and cycling space.

There has already been at least one test case: should the city close a part of Bank Street through Centretown and Old Ottawa South to give people more room to roam?

(...)“We’ve been hearing from many, many residents that they’re looking just for some additional space to be able to walk and to be able to get to essential services, do their groceries, that sort of thing,” McKenney said during the council meeting.

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