In this issue
Bank Street Bridge safety measures
The way cyclists and motorists have been expected to share the road over the Bank Street Bridge, with its constrained lane widths, is unacceptable.
I have been working with City staff on ways to remedy this situation. While there appears to be no possibility of installing dedicated bike lanes over the bridge in the foreseeable future, the City has agreed to lower the speed limit and install new signage that will make bridge crossings at least a little more comfortable for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.
For more information on the changes, click HERE. To learn more about why the City said no to bike lanes, click HERE.
OC Transpo proposal to combine No. 6, 102 bus routes
In response to requests from residents, I have been working with OC Transpo to come up with a modification to east-west bus routes through the northern part of the Glebe and the Carling-Dow's Lake area. The objectives are to fill a gap in service created by "route optimization", to provide better connectivity and service frequency through the northern part of the ward, and to better link two key public transit stations: Carling on the O-train line, and Lees/Hurdman on the Transitway/Confederation Line.
OC Transpo is soliciting feedback (deadline May 30) on its current proposal to combine the current Routes 6 and 102 into a single route between Tunney's and Hurdman Stations during peak periods on weekdays.
Click HERE for more information and to see a map of the proposed route.
Lees Ave. construction and bridge replacement
Lees Ave, will be closed to all traffic between Chapel Cres. and the Transitway for about 13 weeks starting on Monday, June 16, to permit the construction of the new underpass and roadway approaches.
Preparatory work during the week of June 16 will include removal of the existing bridge end spans, which is expected to generate moderate to loud noise in the daytime and overnight.
Removing the existing Lees Avenue underpass structure will require the full closure of Hwy. 417 at Lees in both directions from Saturday, June 21, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, June 22, at 11 a.m. After this, a single lane of traffic will be reinstated in both directions. All lanes on Hwy. 417, in both directions, will be reopened by Monday, June 23, at 5 a.m.
During the full closure of Hwy. 417, eastbound traffic will be required to exit at Metcalfe St. and detour via Main St. and Riverside Dr. Westbound traffic will be required to exit at the Vanier Pkwy., and detour via Riverside Dr. and Bronson Ave. There will be no access to the following Hwy. 417 on-ramps:
- Eastbound from Nicholas St.
- Eastbound from Isabella/Metcalfe Sts.
- Westbound from Vanier Pkwy./Riverside Dr.
Clementine road improvements
In response to ongoing speeding and traffic calming inquiries, the City of Ottawa is testing a seasonal traffic calming initiative between Secord and Rockingham Aves. The pilot project, running from late-May/early June to November, involves centerline paint markings combined with customized FlexStake-type signs in the centre of the roadway to increase driver awareness. This configuration has proven effective in other large municipalities. The City has been monitoring speeds on Clementine and will continue to do so to determine if seasonal traffic calming measures are an effective solution.
In addition, Clementine north of Heron Rd. is scheduled for resurfacing in the 2015-18 period. I will work to get this done as soon as possible, recognizing that the deteriorated state of the road contributes to vibration of adjacent homes along with safety concerns.
Improvements to Riverside
Riverside Dr. is now officially on the list to be resurfaced between 2015 and 2018. While sooner would be better, this will eventually address problems reported by local residents about vibrations and the poor state of the road surface.
Brewer Pond restoration project
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority hopes to begin work on the Brewer Pond Restoration Project this August, ending sometime in September. This project to reestablish the pond's connection to the Rideau River will help return the area to its natural wetland condition and sustain the Rideau River urban fishery.
The Pantry will continue serving healthy meals until its 40th anniversary.
After many months of discussions, an agreement has been reached that will keep The Pantry in its time-honoured place within the Glebe Community Centre for two more 10-month seasons. In 2016, The Pantry will end its 40 years of operations, and we will review future options for meal services by interested providers in keeping with the needs of the community at large.
Beginning in September of this year, the dining space will no longer be considered part of the leased business space, although it will be dedicated at set times (11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. weekdays) to meal services provided by The Pantry. As part of this mutual agreement, the City is able to reduce what it charges for the space, while making the large and small dining rooms available more often for other programming needs. Modest changes to furnishing and storage practices will allow for more efficient movement of furniture to accommodate other activities, while not sacrificing the welcoming feel that patrons appreciate.
I thank all parties for their part in coming to this resolution. Many patrons let us know loudly and passionately how they felt. Thanks for letting me know what The Pantry means to you. In response, the Glebe Community Association and I hosted several meetings involving The Pantry, the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group and several members of the community. I wish to particularly recognize Carolyn Best, David Pritchard, Diane McIntyre, Kate McCarthy, Mary Tsai-Davies, Janet Conley-Paterson, Janis Egan, Tracey Larkin and Don Mason, as well as Christine McAllister.
Capital Velo Fest & Tour la Nuit
Saturday, May 31, 4 - 11 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall
Capital Velo Fest is back, with a bike rodeo in the afternoon, live music, a chance to check out Ottawa's cycling resources, and the Tour La Nuit ride at sundown! Activities are suitable for cyclists of all ages and skill levels and are free to attend. For more information, visit CapitalVeloFest.ca. To volunteer, click HERE.
Mayor's Rural Expo
Friday, June 6, 8 a.m - 2 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall
The Mayor's Rural Expo brings a sampling of all that rural Ottawa has to offer down to City Hall. There will be booths set up on Marion Dewar Plaza and inside City Hall. The all-ages event will also feature musical entertainment and local celebrities participating in a cow milking contest at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Held in conjunction with the 10th annual Food Aid Day in support of the Ottawa Food Bank, with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. and a barbecue lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For more information, visit ottawa.ca.
Design Your Park workshops
Saturday, June 7
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
or 12 - 1 p.m.
Sunnyside Library, 1049 Bank St.
Our office is hosting two Design Your Park workshops for the new city park at Carlyle and Woodbine in Old Ottawa South, courtesy of land donated by Hydro Ottawa.
Click HERE for important additional information.
Capital Ward Walk/Bike
Saturday, June 14,
10 - 11:30 a.m.
The next Capital Ward Walk will actually be a bike ride through the Glebe, stopping at key locations recommended for cycling infrastructure improvements under the Glebe Neighbourhood Cycling Plan.
We'll meet at 10 a.m. at the Glebe Collegiate parking lot, Glebe Ave. entrance. Those who wish to walk can join us for the discussion at the start and meet us later at the end point (First Avenue School).
Vitality Lunch for Seniors
Monday, June 23, 11 a.m.
Palisades Ballroom, 480 Metcalfe
Glebe Neighbourhood Cycle Ways Information Session
Wednesday, June 25, 4-8 p.m.
St Giles Presbyterian Church,
174 First Ave.
The City of Ottawa has initiated a planning and functional design study for the review and implementation of improved neighbourhood cycling routes within the Glebe community.
This public information session will present the evaluation process, the preferred options and next steps. Stop in at your convenience to learn about the project.
Click HERE for more information.
O'Connor Bikeway Public Consultation
Thursday, June 26,
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall (Colonel By Room), 110 Laurier Ave. W.
The City of Ottawa is planning a cycling facility along the O'Connor St. corridor as part of a Cross-town Bikeway that would link Confederation Boulevard (at Wellington St.), the Central Business District, Centretown and the Glebe.
Click HERE for more information on the project and how you can participate in the consultation.
Community Cup soccer tournament
Saturday, June 28
We're putting together a Capital Ward soccer team for the 10th annual Community Cup tournament.
Do you know of recent immigrants that would be interested in donning a Capital Ward jersey and taking part in the event?