Ottawa adjusts traffic signals as traffic volume drops by 50% during COVID-19 pandemic

By Josh Pringle, CTV News Ottawa, April 1, 2020

OTTAWA -- Motorists won’t be waiting as long for red lights to change at Ottawa intersections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Ottawa tells CTV News Ottawa that traffic, pedestrian and cycling signals have been adjusted to reflect the decrease in vehicular traffic on the roads.

Traffic volume is down approximately 50 per cent on roads across the city over the past couple of weeks. OC Transpo has reported a 70 to 90 per cent drop in ridership.

(...)Over the weekend, Ecology Ottawa launched a petition calling on the city to re-purpose underused roads for cyclists and pedestrians during the pandemic.

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