No money to make 29 Ottawa intersections safer for cyclists

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, October 7, 2020

The City of Ottawa has come up with a list of high-traffic intersections that deserve better safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians, but it doesn't have the $32 million available right now to improve them.

"At least we know where the improvements are required," said Coun. Tim Tierney, chair of the city's transportation committee, referring to the 29 intersections for which consultants have now drawn up preliminary plans.


he consultants listed 15 intersections that could use what's called a "protected intersection" at a cost of between $1 million and $2 million, and could be improved through future road work, such as intersections on West Hunt Club Road, Prince of Wales Drive and Hazeldean Road.

Another 14 located in the core would require more design changes because they would affect transit routes or parking, such as intersections on Gladstone Avenue, Preston Street and Bank Street.

Of that list of 29, the City of Ottawa now sees tackling just a single intersection, on Smyth Road at the Riverside campus of The Ottawa Hospital. It plans to rustle up $800,000, about half the estimated cost.

"While that's a welcome investment, we need to go a lot further. If we're serious about eliminating deaths on our roads, we do need to figure out how to fund this list of projects," Bike Ottawa's Erinn Cunningham told transportation committee.

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