Bronson Avenue does and must continue to carry large volumes of vehicular traffic. The issue is less the volume than it is the speed, however. Throttling volume too much will just prompt people to seek shortcuts down residential streets of Old Ottawa South and the Glebe, so we must act carefully. Over the past six years, I led the initiatives to improve cycling and pedestrians safety south of the Rideau Canal: raised cycle tracks, better on- and off-ramp geometry to slow down drivers and improve site lines, more flex stakes, longer crossing times and more clear lane pedestrian crossing and bike crossing marking. Plus, of course, an entirely new traffic light with signalled crossing. It is a start, but only that. Ultimately, from South to North, I will push for the following:
- Removing the two unnecessary lanes in the bulge between the start of the Dunbar Bridge and the approach to Sunnyside by creating a gateway feature in the middle of Bronson, and by adding full raised cycle tracks on the bridge and right through to the Canal.
- Installing photo radar on a permanent basis, with all funds dedicated to traffic safety measures. Why have expensive, trained officers doing what a simple camera can do?
- Once these physical calming measures are in place, reduce speeds from Dunbar Bridge to the Canal to 60kph.
- As part of the Bronson (Glebe section) renewal in 2019/2020 (approximate date), create separated cycle links into the Glebe as far as Holmwood on the east and Lakeside Dr on the west.
- Create another light and pedestrian/cycle crossing between Fifth Ave and Carling. It is absurd, dangerous and counter to the city’s modal priorities, that there should be no signallized crossing along that entire long stretch. Bad for seniors, bad for kids, bad for everyone!
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