Safety in our community is of utmost importance. And one of the main drivers of worry is speeding along our residential streets.

Residential streets are corridors of high importance to your family’s quality of life.  Being able to enjoy your home and safely walk to the community center, school, park or place of worship is our common objective.

We are the first Ward in the City of Ottawa to make a change to prioritize a healthy and safe community on all residential streets.

The 30km signage is being installed in all gateway zones in our community in Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier. This signage contributes to the objectives of slowing speeds where residents live.

I presented reports to advance this:

  1. Transportation Committee April 26th and passed at Council on May 12. Link here:https://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/cache/2/hdxhon3nln405410m30jhubg/70482006022021090126693.PDF
  2. Transportation Committee July 5th and passed on Council on July 21st. Link here: https://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=8435&doctype=AGENDA

The report requested to lower speeds to 30km/hr on most of our residential streets in our community. 
 
Residents in Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier sought safer, slower and calmer residential streets. 

I worked with each community association and regularly connecting with residents with speeding concerns to lower travelling speeds, improve active transportation networks and increase safety. Reducing traffic speed was a goal of each association. 
 
The residential zones within residential streets include: (simplify these – or show map)

  1. In Sandy Hill: Laurier South to Lees Ave
  2. In Sandy Hill: Laurier North to Rideau Street
  3. In Sandy Hill: Rideau South to Laurier 
  4. In Sandy Hill: Rideau South to Laurier, Charlotte to Fountain
  5. In Sandy Hill: Besserer North, Nicholas to King Edward
  6. In Vanier: Montreal North to Beechwood, East to Cantin
  7. In Vanier: Montreal North, West of the Vanier Parkway
  8. In Vanier: Montreal South, North River to St-Laurent
  9. In Vanier: Montreal North, North River to Vanier Parkway
  10. In Lowertown:  The entire ByWard Market area
  11. In Lowertown: Murray North, Sussex to King Edward
  12.  In Lowertown: Boteler North, Sussex to King Edward
  13. In Lowertown: St Patrick North, West of King Edward
  14. In Lowertown: St Patrick South, King Edward to Forsey

The reduction in speeds has welcomed new gateway speed signs. The new gateway speed signs are part of a broader efforts to ensure our residential streets are safe specifically for families, seniors and those with accessibility needs. 

Research on the benefits of 30km/h zones is available here: https://www.tcat.ca/project/saferstreetsnearschools-getting-started/supporting-research/

As many know, traffic speed directly impacts the safety of our streets and having gateway speed zones of 30 km/h traffic calming initiatives increases safety for all road users. Specifically, these measures and all seasonal traffic calming measures have been found to reduce vehicle speeds by at least 7km/h.  (link vblog)

The gateways are one pillar of the strategy and will be accompanied by enforcement, traffic calming measures and leverage the opportunities as we reconstruct residential streets to design with modern urban objectives. Physical engineered measures that are built during reconstructions are the ultimate tools needed to achieve a Vision Zero.
 
We want to continue to improve safety where you live and to enable safe access to parks, schools, and places of worships.

We will continue to work with the community to ensure all new residential street projects meet these objectives, and in the meantime, we encourage you to share with us speeding concerns via Mathieu.Fleury@ottawa.ca with the subject line: speeding on street as we are developing our Spring 2022 traffic calming initiatives.

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