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A non-foodie note – downtown pedestrians open meeting with Diane Holmes

This email arrived in my inbox today (note point #2 – ahem, it seems my push button issues are pushing someone’s buttons).  If you like to walk downtown and do it safely, please consider attending.  (Don’t forget to do your homework first.  Although, I am sure we can all think of many many more examples!)

Message is as follows:


Dear fellow pedestrians,

The City of Ottawa spends tens of millions of dollars a year on road building, but very little on dedicated pedestrian-specific projects. As announced earlier, I am hosting a meeting on pedestrian safety that will bring together pedestrian advocates, community representatives and residents who want to improve our city’s walking environment.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 7-9 pm

Ottawa City Hall, Colonel By Room (second floor near Lisgar St. entrance)

110 Laurier Avenue West


At the meeting we will discuss the disconnect between what is promised in official planning documents (such as the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan) and what is spent in City budgets. We will also break out into groups to share our experiences and concerns about walking in Ottawa, to develop a priority list of pedestrian problems that need to be solved, and plan ways to make that happen.

As you walk around town between now and November 8th, consider the following topics and if possible please bring a list of 5 examples in each category.

  1. General problems that apply city-wide (e.g. not enough money spent on building, or maintaining pedestrian linkages and routes)
  2. Location-specific chronic problems in any part of the city (e.g. the light at the end of my street takes a long time to change after I press the crosswalk button)
  3. Degradations—where conditions have recently gotten worse (e.g. new vehicular-priority advance turn signals, barricades to convenient street crossings, or the pathway gate at Preston and Albert that was recently locked)


Please pass along this invitation to anyone you think would be interested in improving conditions for pedestrians.


Diane Holmes
Councillor, Somerset Ward
(613) 580-2484



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