Councillor gets creative with 'local only' traffic to create more pedestrian space during physical distancing

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, April 7, 2020

The number of pedestrians on a pathway between Byron Avenue and Richmond Road has been growing as the temperature rises and people escape for a bit of fresh air during the COVID-19 clampdown, prompting the local councillor to make more space for them on the road.

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper said he has received the city’s blessing to restrict cars on Byron Avenue between Redwood and Golden Avenues to local traffic starting Thursday.

That means people who live on that 1.2-kilometre stretch of Byron Avenue can still leave with their cars and drive them home, but cut-through vehicular traffic won’t be tolerated.

The city has been cold to the idea of closing roads or narrowing the car space in favour of a wider walking and cycling space at a time of physical distancing, but Leiper has come up with an alternative.

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