23 June 2016

This summer brings new pedestrian crossovers, a new bike lane, new protections for urban trees, new funding for community events, and more.

David Chernushenko
David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward
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In this issue

Proposed pedestrian crossover of Queen Elizabeth Dr. at the Bank Street Bridge.

Online consultation: New crossovers on QED

The National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa invite you to fill out the online questionnaire on two additional crossing locations on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway:

  • A pedestrian crossover across the Queen Elizabeth Driveway on the east side of Queen Elizabeth Place (next to the Bank Street Bridge).
  • A pedestrian crossover mid-block in Commissioners Park.

Pedestrian crossovers are designated areas, identified by specific signs and pavement markings, where drivers and cyclists must yield to pedestrians crossing the road.

Visit the NCC website to review the proposed designs and to provide feedback. The deadline for completing the questionnaire is Sunday, June 26.

Should you have any questions, please contact NCC Client Services at 613-239-5000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


New crossover on Data Centre Rd.

Ottawa has already begun installing 60 other pedestrian crossovers at locations across the city this summer, including one on Data Centre Rd. between Riverside and Heron, adjacent to Billings Bridge Plaza.

This is among the crossovers with an overhead sign and beacon that flashes when pedestrians press a button. At others, pedestrians must raise their arm to indicate their intention to cross. Once pedestrians have cleared the entire roadway, drivers may proceed with caution.

A second crossover is planned for further south on Data Centre Rd., near the CRA complex and the Transitway station, by the end of 2016.


Recommended reading on traffic congestion

Two recent articles offer interesting perspectives on traffic and congestion: 

Stuck: Traffic is ruining our lives—but we can be saved
"Being in a car changes who we are. We dehumanize other drivers. We refuse to let them merge; we tailgate and block. We forgive our errors and overestimate our competency: the vast majority of drivers believe they have above-average skills. We prefer large cars or SUVs because they feel safer, though studies indicate that the safer we perceive ourselves to be, the less sensibly we drive." (Don Gillmor, The Walrus, July/August 2016)

Pricing the Open Road: Want a shorter commute? Pay up
"Cities across the world have fought congestion by choosing pricing models that fit their geography and traffic patterns. London’s cordon price reduced downtown traffic by as much as 40 percent. High-occupancy toll lanes sped up rush-hour commutes in Minneapolis and Miami, not just on tolled lanes but on the entire highway. Stockholm lowered its air pollution and greenhouse-gas levels; Milan cut crash-related injuries by a quarter.

"Here in Canada, we’re fighting the war against traffic with every weapon but pricing." (Dale Beugin and Jessie Sitnick, The Walrus, June 2016)


O’Connor Street Bikeway construction

Construction of the O’Connor Street Bikeway began this week, resulting in lane reductions during off-peak hours along O’Connor Street, between Laurier Ave. and Fifth Ave.

One crew is began construction at Laurier Ave. and will continue south. The second crew began at Isabella St. and will also continue working south. The construction is expected to be complete in late fall 2016.

Pedestrian access will be maintained via temporary pathways and with the aid of detour signage. Businesses will remain open as usual during construction.


New processes to protect urban trees

Maybe the big tree in your backyard is looking a little sickly and you’re worried you might need to remove it before it falls down on its own. Or maybe the root system is causing problems with your foundation. Before you grab a chainsaw and start cutting, you'll want to review the new requirements under the Urban Tree Conservation By-lawtrees, which protects "distinctive" trees on private property.

Before you can cut down a Distinctive Tree — one with a trunk 50 cm or greater in diameter at chest height — you’ll need to hire an arborist to prepare a report, then apply in person for a special permit and pay a $100 administrative fee. The permit must be posted in a prominent, public location for seven days in advance of the tree cutting and seven days following its removal.

The City has also introduced a new process to protect trees on infill lots. When Building Permit applications for infill development within the greenbelt are submitted to the City, the developer must now include specific Tree Disclosure information and identify whether each tree is to be removed or retained.

Trees provide invaluable benefits in urban areas, including cleaner air, much needed shade, wildlife habitat and aesthetic value. Please consider the health of trees when digging, pruning or installing hard landscaping, such as patio stones and asphalt, that may prevent rainwater from reaching the roots. Mature, established trees take decades to replace, and should only be removed if absolutely necessary.


2017 Civic Events Funding Program

Local not-for-profit organizations such as community groups and recreation associations are invited to apply for funding to provide one-to-two-day community events with free admission that foster civic pride and develop community cohesion.

The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are collaborating on this year's Civic Events Funding Program. As in previous years,  $50,000 from the Civic Events Funding Program will fund community-focused events. An additional investment of $150,000 will specifically focus on community events that celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Also new for this year, events do not need to be held on a statutory holiday. Your community event can celebrated anytime during 2017.

Download the information package and application form (the latter requires Adobe Reader to open and complete) or pick up paper copies at any Ottawa Client Service Centre. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact 613-580-2424 ext.14133 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


elgin hawthorne enElgin/Hawthorne Public Design Workshop

Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall (Council Chambers and Jean Pigott Hall), 110 Laurier Ave. W.

Residents are invited to participate in a design workshop for the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study. The objective will be for City staff, stakeholders and members of the public to share information about the project and discuss a range of possible choices for the renewal of the continuous corridor of Elgin St. between Laurier Ave. and Queen Elizabeth Dr., and Hawthorne Ave. from the Pretoria Bridge to Main St..

For more information about the project, visit ottawa.ca/elginstreet.

Please contact the City’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your participation, or to seek additional information. Any persons interested in this project are encouraged to contact staff with questions or comments no later than July 12, 2016:

Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Planning and Growth Management
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 12559
Fax: 613-560-6006


Household Hazardous Waste Depot

Sunday, June 26, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
OC Transpo Park & Ride, 3355 Fallowfield Rd.

Products accepted (maximum 100 litres by volume):

Aerosol containers
Propane cylinders
Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
Fire extinguishers
Fertilizers and pesticides

Mercury switches/thermometers
Needles and syringes
Paints and coatings
Oven and window cleaners
Pool chemicals

Residential electronic waste such as computers, TVs and stereos will also be accepted at this site. However, liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted. This depot is for household waste only.

You can also return certain paint products, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other products to Ottawa retailers. Visit makethedrop.ca or enter the item name in the online Waste Explorer.

For information about other hazardous waste depots across the city, visit ottawa.ca/hhw.


Stay cool at outdoor pools, splash pads and beaches

City of Ottawa outdoor pools are now open, and wading pools will open between June 24 and July 4, depending on location. Each wading pool will also host a free special event during the summer.

Splash pads are now open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through to September. Please contact 3-1-1 to report a splash pad that is not working.

Lifeguards are on duty at Ottawa’s supervised beaches daily until Sunday, August 28, from noon to 7 p.m. See ottawa.ca for locations, descriptions, amenities and recreational programs offered.

Ottawa Public Health monitors recreational water quality at the City of Ottawa’s supervised beaches. Daily results are available at ottawa.ca, via Twitter at @ottawahealth, or by calling 613-580-2424 ext. 13219. If high levels of bacteria are found, a no-swim advisory is issued and indicated with signage and flags at affected beaches.

Visit ottawa.ca for more information about parks and recreation activities this summer.


OC Transpo summer service

Summer service changes

  • Service to local museums and beaches will operate on weekends and holidays until September 5. Route 129 will serve the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Route 185 will operate to the Agriculture Museum and Experimental Farm, and Route 198 will serve Petrie Island.
  • On Sundays, several southbound trips on Route 98 in the morning and evening will be extended to start at Mackenzie King Station for improved service along King Edward and at Lees Station.
  • In Greenboro East, Route 143 will be cancelled and replaced by a modified Route 114, which will serve Johnston Road and provide hourly service on Tapiola. Route 43 will be modified to travel from Cahill, south on Bank Street to Hunt Club, then north along the Transitway to Hurdman Station.
  • Route 72 will be extended along Cobble Hill to start and end at Hélène Campbell.

Summer schedules
New schedules reflect the lower demand for service during the summer vacation period. School routes are suspended until the fall, and there are minor schedule reductions on mainline and peak period routes. New schedules are available at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres, by calling 613-741-4390, and at octranspo.com.

Starting June 24, adjustments will be made at Tunney’s Pasture Station for Confederation Line O-Train construction. Further details are available online at ontrack2018.ca and will be posted at the station.

The next service change will occur on Sunday, September 4.

For automated real-time bus arrival information, call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number.