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Laurier Avenue Bike Lanes Come One Step Closer to Being Permanent

Councillors on the Transportation Committee discussed and ultimately passed a motion (ITEM 2) that would make the segregated bike lanes a permanent feature of LAURIER AVENUE WEST on July 5th, 2013. There were many documented improvements in the area as a result…

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A Success for Complete Streets!

Aging infrastructure has created a need for the redevelopment of Main Street. The City of Ottawa conducted a study on possible development options and recommended the Transportation Committee approve an Option 5 which would implement a Complete Street design on July 5….

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The elephant in the room

Intensification is a touchy subject. The packed room full of people at the Planning Committee meeting on June 25th can attest to that. Ecology Ottawa understands residents’ concerns with intensification and is happy that Councillors responded to their concerns with…

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The Interprovincial Bridge- Thinking Outside the Bridge

The Transportation Committee saw a contentious debate over the National Capital Commission (NCC)’s Recommended Corridor for the Interprovincial Crossing (Item 1 on the Agenda) on June 5. The NCC responded to the truck traffic problem along the Waller Street, Rideau Street,…

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The Battle for Elgin Street Sidewalks- Patios, Pedestrians, and Motorists

The Transportation Committee discussed creating patios at 216, 292, 296, and 360 Elgin Street (Item 7) on June 5. While these proposed patios on Elgin Street would undoubtedly enliven the city street, they would also limit sidewalk space available for…

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A Petition for Pedestrians

At the June 5 Transportation Committee meeting Councillor Hubley proposed a motion (Additional Item) in light of the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario’s report entitled Pedestrian Death Review- A Review of All Accidental Pedestrian Deaths in Ontario from January…

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O’Keefe Drain Environmental Management Plan

The Planning Committee approved the O’Keefe Drain Environmental Management Plan (EMP) (Item 3) on May 28th. The O’Keefe Drain is located on 211 hectares of predominantly agricultural and natural land east of Highway 416, west of Strandherd Drive, and north of…

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A meeting at long last, but very little of substance

By Alison Sidney and Leah Shields The Environment Committee finally met May 21, following the cancellation of two scheduled meetings in March and April. Despite there being a substantial break prior to this meeting, it was notably brief and lacking…

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Bayview Station Community Design Plan

Councillors at the Planning Committee meeting approved the Bayview Station District Community Design Plan on May 14th. The plan promotes transit, cycling, and pedestrian oriented development in the currently underused land just west of downtown Ottawa. The Design Plan includes the development…

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Transportation Committee April 3rd: Bronson Avenue safer for cyclists and incremental pricing for parking rates

By Aya Helal April’s Transportation Committee meeting saw discussions revolving around making Bronson avenue safer for cyclists and building a Glebe parking garage. Ecology Ottawa was happy to see the Transportation Committee approve changes designed to make Bronson Avenue a…

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