This summer brings new pedestrian crossovers, a new bike lane, new protections for urban trees, new funding for community events, and more.
Councillor for Capital Ward
In this issue
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:
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.
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.
Two recent articles offer interesting perspectives on traffic and congestion:
Stuck: Traffic is ruining our lives—but we can be saved
Pricing the Open Road: Want a shorter commute? Pay up
"Here in Canada, we’re fighting the war against traffic with every weapon but pricing." (Dale Beugin and Jessie Sitnick, The Walrus, June 2016)
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.
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-law, 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.
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.
Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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.
Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Sunday, June 26, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Products accepted (maximum 100 litres by volume):
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.
For information about other hazardous waste depots across the city, visit ottawa.ca/hhw.
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.
Summer service changes
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.