Seizing the Moment for Safe and Healthy Streets: A State of the City Report

The City of Ottawa is standing at a watershed moment: decisions we make in the next five years will shape the way we move around the city for years to come. Titled “Seizing the moment for Safe and Healthy Streets,” Ecology Ottawa’s state of the city report highlights progress on active transportation in the city and key opportunities for improving pedestrian, cycling and transit infrastructure.

Some of the report findings include:

  • There is strong City of Ottawa policy language supporting key complete streets and active transportation. However, this is not sufficient to lead to consistently optimal outcomes for active transportation.
  • The City of Ottawa has not yet demonstrated an appreciation of the principle of induced demand, meaning hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to reduce congestion without any evidence that additional roads will reduce congestion.
  • The City of Ottawa is increasing its investment in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. However, this spending increase could be interpreted as correcting historic underinvestment rather than showing large levels of ambition on active transportation.
  • Active transportation project transparency is lacking, making it difficult to trace expenditures over time.

The report also identifies key opportunities, such as:

  • Putting forward more aggressive targets for the adoption of sustainable transportation modes as part of the renewal of the Transportation Master Plan.
  • Widening analysis beyond 600 metres when considering active transportation connectivity to transit hubs. Extending this radius to 5 kilometres and following through systematically could provide real sustainable transportation options to 70% of Ottawa’s population.
  • Learning from the design of Pimisi Station and the Booth Street bridge. The City of Ottawa could ensure early and consistent inclusion of active transportation design elements into future LRT projects, drawing from their experience with these LRT stations.

Download an electronic copy of the report here: Final Active Transportation Report

The report was launched at the Active Transportation Summit on Wednesday, May 16 at Christ Church Cathedral. Over 100 Ottawa residents and representatives of community associations, advocacy groups and the City of Ottawa came together to discuss the findings of the report and how to take advantages of the key opportunities.

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We would like to thank the committed and hard-working research team for their help with this report, and the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee for their guidance. We appreciate the financial support of the Ottawa Community Foundation, the City of Ottawa’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program and hundreds of Ecology Ottawa supporters to make this project possible.

Please consider making a donation to help us continue this important work.

Les Amis des Parcs – Venez célébrer la culture francophone dans les parcs d’Ottawa

Les communautés francophones sont très présentes en Ontario. Après le Québec, il s’agit de la 2nde province comptant le nombre le plus élevé de résidents pratiquant le français à la maison. En effet, les francophones représentent environ 4% de la population totale de l’Ontario. Pourtant, la représentation médiatique francophone est loin d’être proportionnelle à ce chiffre et l’accès à l’information en français est complexe. La situation est similaire à Ottawa qui se veut pourtant capitale bilingue du Canada. Face à cette réalité, un constat : quand une communauté est peu représentée et peu entendue, il est facile de croire qu’elle n’existe pas !

En réponse à cette marginalisation, Ecologie Ottawa a inauguré un partenariat avec Park People, organisme à but non lucratif qui soutient la construction de communauté solide en animant et en améliorant les parcs canadiens. Cette collaboration a permis la mise en place d’un programme pour l’année 2018 – Les Amis des Parcs -, qui a pour objectif de célébrer les communautés francophones d’Ottawa et leur culture tout en mettant en avant les espaces verts de la Capitale.

Créer des liens entre les communautés francophones de la Capitale et faire de cette dernière une ville verte avec des parcs vivants et animés, c’est possible !

Ainsi, nous allons travailler avec les communautés d’Ottawa pour organiser 10 évènements au cours de l’année 2018. Les possibilités sont infinies et il existe une multitude de façons d’animer des parcs, en été comme en hiver : piques niques, après-midi découvertes, cinéma en plein air, randonnée, plantation d’arbre, promenade de Jane, cours d’initiations, raquettes ou encore patins à glace…

Que ce soit du sport, de la musique, du théâtre, de la gastronomie ou autre, vous choisissez, et nous serons là pour vous aider !

Dans ce but, nous allons également organiser le Forum Francophone des Parcs courant Juin (date à déterminer) qui a pour but d’aider les francophones intéressés par le programme à obtenir toute l’aide nécessaire pour organiser un événement. Nous aborderons des sujets cruciaux pour la planification d’un événement, tels que la publicité autour de ce dernier, la levée de fonds, ou encore le renforcement des capacités organisationnelles. Ce forum sera ouvert aussi bien aux personnes expérimentées qu’aux débutants.

A travers ce programme, l’idée est donc d’offrir l’opportunité de faire rayonner la culture francophone à Ottawa et de permettre à tous les Ottaviens de langue française de se réunir et d’échanger.

Si vous faites partie d’une communauté ou d’un groupe francophone et que vous avez une idée pour organiser un évènement, vous pouvez nous joindre par téléphone au 613 860 5353 ou à cette adresse : melina.guine@ecologyottawa.ca

Et si vous lisez cet article mais que vous ne souhaitez pas organiser d’événements, n’hésitez pas à faire passer le mot autour de vous et à en parler aux francophones de votre entourage !

Want a free sapling? Join us at our upcoming events!

Ecology Ottawa is part of the 1 Million Tree initiative in Ottawa, through which we will be giving away trees to help the Capital recover from the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. By doing this, Ecology Ottawa is part of the largest tree giveaway in Ottawa’s history!

As part of Ecology Ottawa’s 1 Million Tree initiative, we will be giving away a lot of trees in the weeks to come. If you want yours, come and have a chat with us at these events! 

  • Boston Pizza’s Celebrity Server Night on May 8th (5:30pm – 8:30pm) at 640 Bank Street
  • Active Transportation Summit on May 16th (5pm – 8pm) at the Christ Church Cathedral Great Hall (414 Sparks St.)
  • The Carbon Sink Initiative on May 23rd (9am – 3:30pm) at Immaculata High School
  • Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale on May 26th (8am – 4pm) at 640 Bank Street
  • City of Om Yoga Festival on June 2nd (9am – 7pm) at Lansdowne Park, 450 Queen Elizabeth Dr
  • Centertown Community Association (100in1) Together a Strong Community on June 2nd ()
  • Hampton Iona Community Put your mark in the Park on June 2nd
  • Ottawa VegFest on June 2nd & 3rd
  • 4th Annual Women’s Trail Festival on June 3rd at Camp Fortune, QC
  • Chapel Hill Park Event on June 9th
  • Transport Canada Environment Day on June 4th
  • Yoga in the Park on June 4th
  • Enviro Fair on June 6th
  • DND Environment Day on June 7th
  • Blackburn Community Association Out-is-in Park Day on June 9th (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) at Diceman Park, Blackburn Hamlet
  • Hampton Iona Community Put your mark in the Park on June 10th
  • Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing event on June 10th
  • Touch-a-Truck on June 10th
  • Yoga in the Park on June 11th
  • Hampton Iona Community Put your mark in the Park on June 13th
  • Hampton Iona Community Put your mark in the Park on June 14th
  • Eid Al-Fitr Festival on June 15th
  • Les amis des parcs Francophone Forum on June 16th
  • Chappel Hill’s Splash into Summer on June 16th
  • Hampton Iona Community annual community garden planting on June 16th
  • Hampton Iona Community Put your mark in the Park on June 16th
  • Yoga in the Park on June 18th
  • Ottawa Dragon Boat Festiva, June 21st to June 24th
  • Westboro Beach Community Association beach opening on June 23rd
  • Yoga in the Park on June 25th
  • Apero Photo on June 28th (to be confirmed)

Join us for our Active Transportation Summit!

Pedestrians, cyclists and transit users unite! Join us at the gathering of Ottawa’s movement for safer, more liveable streets.
On Wednesday, May 16, Ecology Ottawa is pleased to host a summit on active transportation at the Christ Church Cathedral Great Hall (414 Sparks St.) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Do you walk, cycle or take the bus in Ottawa? Do you want to know more about what the city can do to better accommodate all modes of travel?

Ottawa is at a watershed moment for progress on walking, cycling and transit. The City of Ottawa’s new policy on “complete streets” for all users, the advent of a transformative Light Rail Transit project, and substantial infrastructure investments from the provincial and federal governments make this a key moment to assess an outlines for implementing a safe, healthy and environmentally responsible streetscape at scale.

Join us to learn about the City of Ottawa’s progress on cycling and pedestrian issues, identify strategic opportunities and build support for safer and healthier streets.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/active-transportation-summit-tickets-45441416500?aff=efbeventtix

The event is free, but registration is required.

The Active Transportation Summit will include:

– A panel discussion on the future of Ottawa’s streets
– Representation from the organizations and community associations working to advance sustainable transportation in Ottawa
– Presentation of the new Ecology Ottawa report, “Seizing the moment for safe and healthy streets”

We are honored to welcome the following panelists :
Councillor Catherine McKenney (Somerset Ward)
Alex Cullen (Federation of Citizen’s Association)
Heather Shearer (Bike Ottawa)
Trevor Haché (Healthy Transportation Coalition)
Join us to hear our great panelists share their expertise on Active transportation in the City of Ottawa!

Ecology Ottawa would like to thank the Ottawa Community Foundation and the City of Ottawa’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program for supporting this event.

Induced demand and its effects on transportation

Say you get a deal on avocados. So instead of buying one or two avocados to put in a salad, you take six home assuming you will have ample for some other dish. You make the salad and then your friend makes guacamole some avocado sandwiches. Pretty soon, the avocados are all gone.

The idea here is that when there is an abundance of something, it will be consumed. This is the phenomenon of “induced demand.” an economic phenomenon where more of a good is consumed after its supply increases.

This idea applies to road travel just as it does to avocados. In the case of roads, more or wider roads will fill up with more traffic as people realize that the new or widened road gets them to where they wish to go more quickly. Just like a discount on avocados, the new roads essentially lower the cost of driving by lessening the time and resources used up by a motorist stuck in traffic.  Over time, travel time goes up again as the route becomes clogged with ever more drivers taking advantage of the new lanes.

Time and time again it has been shown that building more roads does nothing to relieve traffic congestion. Decades ago, this type of Induced demand was described by the British engineer, J.J Leeming in his 1969 book, Road Accidents: Prevent or Punish?

But perhaps the increase in congestion is caused by increased population? Randy Salzman, in his article in the Daily Progress, December 19, 2010 entitled “Build more highways, get more traffic,” looked at the available research and came to some interesting conclusions. He found that since 1970, U.S. vehicle miles traveled have increased 121 percent — four times population growth. He also notes that, according to the Virginia transportation commission, “Congestion increases as people move outward from urban centers, and additional lane miles of roads to accommodate the people lead to more development, and more people, and more congestion, and more lane miles.”

This is exactly what is happening in Ottawa right now. All over the city, from major highways to rural roads in ecologically sensitive areas, the doctrine of lane-widening continues without any basis in evidence. Sometimes, these new lanes are paired with new infrastructure for buses, bikes and pedestrians, but the fundamental, incorrect theory is still baked into the City of Ottawa’s policy language: lanes are being built and widened to alleviate congestion, even though this argument isn’t based on any evidence at all.

The result is a city with lopsided funding commitments that compete to crowd out key environmental investments.  For example, in the 2018 budget, the City of Ottawa allocated a mere $500,000 for its climate plan and claimed that it was cash-strapped due to other spending commitments. Meanwhile, the City is pledging to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for priority road projects as part of its Transportation Master Plan.

The City states that it wants to decrease congestion and get people out of their cars and onto public transit, bikes or sidewalks. Experience tells us this is not going to be accomplished by building more roads. The only way to decrease congestion and get more people to walk, cycle or use transit is to make these forms of transportation more accessible. The City of Ottawa is now making record investments in light rail, but more work is required to tip the balance towards a more walkable, cyclable city by putting money currently earmarked for new roads into projects that actually work.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Report – Municipal Climate Action Needs Provincial Support to Succeed

April 26, 2018

A new report card released today by the Urban Climate Alliance (UCA) shows how municipal governments in Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville, Hamilton and Windsor are getting ready for climate change and the news isn’t good. A key reason? The Province needs to properly use the tools at its disposal, like carbon pricing, to help cities implement their plans.

“Cities are on the front line of dealing with climate change in Ontario. Our report shows key cities are failing in some key areas like financing the plans, meeting their implementation timelines and engaging communities,” said Lynda Lukasik, Executive Director of Environment Hamilton. “That’s why the Provincial Government needs to ensure enough Provincial dollars are available to municipalities to implement their plans.”

The environmental groups undertook a detailed analysis of climate action planning in their municipality. “The report card results are nothing to be proud of,” said Robb Barnes, Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa. “What is really striking is how all 5 cities are failing in similar ways. This suggests the problems need Provincial help to solve.”

“The good news is that the City Councils in the 5 cities we looked at actually have developed plans to deal with climate change,” said Derek Coronado, Executive Director Citizens Environment Alliance from Windsor. “The bad news is that City Councils aren’t meeting key deadlines.”

“It’s clear cities need help from the Province to make buildings more energy efficient, reduce dependence on gasoline for moving people and things, and update city infrastructure to deal with severe weather,” said Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director of Oakvillegreen Conservation Association. “The Province has an extremely powerful financial tool to accomplish this with -carbon pricing- and it needs to use it more.”

“These report card results are a wakeup call,” said Franz Hartmann, Executive Director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance. “Cities need help and the Province has the means to help them.”

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The report card and additional information can be found here.

The Urban Climate Alliance is a collective of urban-based environmental groups made up of  Ecology Ottawa, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Environment Hamilton, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association and Citizens Environment Alliance (Windsor).

New Report: Municipal Climate Action Needs Provincial Support to Succeed

A new report card released by the Urban Climate Alliance (UCA) shows how municipal governments in Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville, Hamilton and Windsor are getting ready for climate change and the news isn’t good. A key reason? The Province needs to properly use the tools at its disposal, like carbon pricing, to help cities implement their plans.

The Urban Climate Alliance is a collective of urban-based environmental groups made up of  Ecology Ottawa, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Environment Hamilton, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association and Citizens Environment Alliance (Windsor).

Click here to view a PDF version of report card results for five major Ontario cities.

Click here to view the report card with additional background on scoring criteria.

Click here to see the press release associated with the report.

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Forum Francophone des Parcs, 16 Juin 2018, Ottawa

Saisissez l’opportunité de célébrer la culture francophone d’Ottawa et rejoignez-nous au Forum Francophone des Parcs 2018 ! 

Cette année, en partenariat avec Park People, Ecologie Ottawa lance un nouveau programme intitulé « Les Amis des Parcs » qui vise à célébrer les communautés francophones et leur culture tout en mettant en avant les espaces verts de la capitale. A travers ce programme, Ecologie Ottawa soutiendra donc les communautés francophones qui souhaiteraient organiser des évènements dans nos parcs. Ce projet a pour objectif d’offrir de nouvelles opportunités d’échange et de célébration aux communautés francophones de la ville tout en permettant de limiter l’isolement et de renforcer les liens entre membres de ces communautés.

Quand les communautés s’impliquent, les parcs s’améliorent et deviennent des lieux de vie et d’échange pour tous! 

Ainsi, cette année, Ecologie Ottawa recherche des communautés francophones intéressées par ce programme qui souhaiteraient en apprendre plus sur les étapes à suivre pour organiser un tel évènement.

Pour cela, nous organisons le 1er Forum Francophone des Parcs d’Ottawa! 

Le Forum aura lieu le 16 juin, de 13h à 16h. C’est l’occasion rêvée d’en apprendre plus sur les rouages nécessaires à l’organisation d’un tel évènement! Sous forme de table ronde, vous pourrez poser toute vos questions concernant la réalisation d’un évènement, obtenir des  conseils  et des renseignements plus spécifiques si vous avez déjà un projet en tête, et vous inspirez des autres participants que vous allez rencontrer!

Cet évènement est gratuit donc n’hésitez pas et INSCRIVEZ-VOUS ICI

Vous pouvez aussi visiter la page Facebook de l’évènement

Join us for the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale 2018

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SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018, 8am-4pm
640 Bank Street (at Clemow Avenue)
Boston Pizza parking lot

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It’s our favourite time of year again… Soon the entire Glebe will be abuzz with lawn-hawking like you’ve never seen. It’s this annual mecca of bargain-hunters from near and far that gave birth to Ecology Ottawa’s Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Boston Pizza in the Glebe! This year, we will be hosting the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale in their parking lot, located at 640 Bank Street at Clemow Avenue.

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This year, we are continuing last year’s resounding tree giveaway success, which was the single largest one-day distribution of trees Ottawa has ever seen!

At this year’s Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale, on Saturday, May 26, over 100 of Ecology Ottawa’s amazing volunteers will distribute 1,000s of free tree saplings at the event and to shoppers throughout the neighbourhood—giving away even more trees than last year! Every tree goes towards Ecology Ottawa’s Tree Ottawa campaign, a city-wide effort to plant 1,000,000 new trees in Ottawa—1 tree for every resident in the city—to help Ottawa’s tree canopy recover from the Emerald Ash Borer crisis.

Our energetic volunteers will fan out throughout the neighbourhood all day, giving away 1,000s of free trees! Be on the look out for smiling folks in green hard hats.

We encourage you to come get your free tree at our event headquarters at 640 Bank Street (in the Boston Pizza parking lot). In addition, we will be providing the public with access to portable washrooms, a hand washing station, and a water bottle refilling station—part of our commitment to the community. There will also be great music, Boston Pizza food and giveaways, and plenty of fun activities for kids! So be sure to stop by.

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What started as a humble fundraiser in 2008, has grown into a carnival unto itself that community members look forward to each year. Now in its 11th year, the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale has become one of Ecology Ottawa’s flagship annual events.

The Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale produces incredible benefits for the community, including:

  • Raised over $80,000 to date for Ecology Ottawa and the Ottawa Food Bank.
  • Introduces and builds grass-roots support for environmental issues among a wide and diverse audience in the city.
  • Creates hundreds of hands-on volunteer opportunities.
  • Provides valuable services to residents and shoppers.
  • Diverts tonnes of useful items from the landfill to new, loving homes.
  • Supports dozens of incredible local organizations in need of household items.
  • Brings together diverse community members for a fun and entertaining event.

Everything is coordinated by more than 100 passionate volunteers, without whom this event would not be possible. We have generated widespread interest throughout the community and the media, including from the Ottawa Citizen, CBC Radio, and CTV2. See past TV interviews to the right, and you can listen to our 2017 interview on CHUO’s This is Heart City program here.

This event is part of the community-wide Great Glebe Garage Sale that takes place across the neighbourhood, organized by the Glebe Community Association.

We hope to see you on Saturday, May 26 at 640 Bank Street (in the Boston Pizza parking lot). Bring your wallet, an empty stomach, and everyone you know… and leave with a free tree!

Looking for a place to park your vehicle? Join our partner Your Credit Union’s fight against ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease by parking in their lot. Located at 14 Chamberlain Avenue, they are only a short walk away from the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale. For a $10 donation, you can park worry free and feel good about supporting local ALS patients.

To help make the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale a success, please read on to learn how you can volunteer to support this fun and important community event.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE EVENT

SignUpToVolunteerTo make this event run smoothly and pull off the city’s biggest free tree giveaway ever, we need lots of volunteers for various jobs (and as much or as little time as you can afford).

Volunteering for this event is a lot of fun, and opportunities are available for folks of all ages. Food and refreshments will be provided. And yes, volunteering for the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale can count towards your high school volunteer requirement!

We are currently seeking volunteers on Friday, May 25 from 2pm-8pm to help with the following roles:

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  • Set-up tables, tents, barriers, etc.
  • Organize materials for the tree giveaway
  • Develop and display signage for the event
  • Create some promotion using sidewalk chalk
  • Pick-up donated or borrowed items for the event

We are currently seeking volunteers on Saturday, May 26 from 6am-6pm to help with the following roles:

  • Distribute free trees to folks at our venue and throughout the neighbourhood
  • Staff the Ecology Ottawa information table to answer questions about our programs, projects, and priorities
  • Monitor waste from the event and make sure it is sorted properly (recycling, green bin, garbage, etc.)
  • Help clean up the site after the event
  • Take down tables, tents, barriers, etc.
  • Drop-off donated or borrowed items from the event

To make the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale possible, we also rely on volunteers who have access to a vehicle (or a bike with trailer) to help pick up some items donated to the event from our partners or borrowed from our supporters. We also require help returning some of these items after the event.

And we will gladly accept contributions of baked treats to feed our volunteers and to sell.

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PLEASE COMPLETE OUR VOLUNTEER FORM and we will follow-up with you shortly. This will greatly help us coordinate the more than 100 volunteers we expect to sign up.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Léna Ndoye, lena.ndoye@ecologyottawa.ca, 613.860.5353.

DONATE YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS

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This year, we are again focusing our efforts on distributing 1,000s of free trees to shoppers throughout the neighbourhood and creating a community hub during the event at 640 Bank Street (in the Boston Pizza parking lot). As such, we won’t be accepting donations of household items.

We are excited to be partnering with the Glebe Community Association (GCA) to publish a list of community organizations that are collecting items for this event. We encourage you to do some spring cleaning and support one of these other groups with your unwanted household donations. And if you know of any other groups that are collecting items, add them to the list by contacting Colette Downie, gggs@glebeca.ca.

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If you have items to donate year-round, we are excited to share the following list of organizations that accept donations of household items year-round. This list includes community groups we have contacted to confirm the details of what they accept. If you would like to add to this list or submit an update, please contact garagesale@ecologyottawa.ca.

SPREAD THE WORD

Last, but not least, please tell all your friends, family, and colleagues in Ottawa about Ecology Ottawa’s Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale. We greatly appreciate you helping to get the word out.

  • Share our event with your friends on Facebook
  • Tweet about the event on Twitter

Thank you all for your incredible support and for helping to make this event the best and greenest ever! We hope to see you on Saturday, May 26 at 640 Bank Street (in the Boston Pizza parking lot).

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PARTNERS, SPONSORS, AND SUPPORTERS

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If you would like to discuss partnership, sponsorship, and other supporting opportunities, please contact Josh Snider, j-snider@rogers.com, 613.321.3392.

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Join us at the Ecology Ottawa Active Transportation Summit on May 16!

Pedestrians, cyclists and transit users unite! Join us at the gathering of Ottawa’s movement for safer, more liveable streets.

On Wednesday, May 16, Ecology Ottawa is pleased to host a summit on active transportation at the Christ Church Cathedral Great Hall (414 Sparks St.) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

Do you walk, cycle or take the bus in Ottawa? Do you want to know more about what the city can do to better accommodate all modes of travel? 

Ottawa is at a watershed moment for progress on walking, cycling and transit. The City of Ottawa’s new policy on “complete streets” for all users, the advent of a transformative Light Rail Transit project, and substantial infrastructure investments from the provincial and federal governments make this a key moment to assess an outlines for implementing a safe, healthy and environmentally responsible streetscape at scale.

Join us to learn about the City of Ottawa’s progress on cycling and pedestrian issues, identify strategic opportunities and build support for safer and healthier streets.

The event is free, but registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/active-transportation-summit-tickets-45441416500

The Active Transportation Summit will include:

  • A panel discussion on the future of Ottawa’s streets, featuring
    • Councillor Catherine McKenney, Somerset Ward
    • Alex Cullen, Federation of Citizens’ Associations
    • Heather Shearer, Bike Ottawa
    • Trevor Haché, Healthy Transportation Coalition
  • Representation from the organizations and community associations working to advance sustainable transportation in Ottawa
  • Presentation of the new Ecology Ottawa report, “Seizing the moment for safe and healthy streets”

Ecology Ottawa is a local volunteer-driven environmental organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. We rely on support from Ottawa residents to organize events like this and advocate for environmental issues at City Hall. Please consider making a donation (right under the free ticket option) when you register to support our work. 

Ecology Ottawa would like to thank the Ottawa Community Foundation and the City of Ottawa’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program for supporting this event.