Over the last few months, I have been working closely with the Bronson Operational and Safety Review Group to make Bronson Avenue between Brewer Way and Holmwood Ave. safer for everyone. Members include motorists, cyclists and pedestrians representing Carleton University (students and staff), Old Ottawa South, the Glebe and neighbouring residential communities, as well as City staff.
In addition, more than 600 residents provided comments and filled out a survey, and we organized an open house at Carleton University on Feb. 27 to review the complete list of recommendations before City staff delivers the report to the Transportation Committee in late April.
For residents unable to attend the open house to view and comment on the proposed recommendations, City staff has agreed to display the design plans at the Old Fire Hall (260 Sunnyside Ave.) and the Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Ave.). I’m also making plans and recommendations available on my website at www.capitalward.ca, and I welcome your feedback as we continue working together to improve safety on Bronson.
Among the options on the table are a new traffic signal on the south side of the Rideau Canal, bigger signage, better paint markings at the Brewer Way intersection, and creating a buffer zone between cyclists and motorists.
In the meantime, cyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk on the bridge. Some pedestrians were concerned about this change, but most feedback has been positive and cyclists appreciate being able to navigate the bridge without first crossing Bronson, at least until there's a safer way to do it.