City has no plans to close roads for pedestrians, cyclists during COVID-19 pandemic

By Josh Pringle, CTV News, April 6, 2020

OTTAWA -- Mayor Jim Watson suggests residents wanting to practice physical-distancing while getting some fresh air during the COVID-19 pandemic travel on less-busy streets across Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission have no plans to close quiet roads for cyclists and pedestrians trying to practice physical-distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ecology Ottawa has launched a petition calling on the City of Ottawa to re-purpose underused roadways to provide safe outdoor access for pedestrians and cyclists.  Over the weekend, social media users called on the city and the NCC to close the parkways to motorists so people could walk, run or cycle while practicing physical-distancing.

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