The concept of "complete street" is to guarantee safety, comfort and convenience to all uses of our streets: pedestrians, cyclists, transport users in common and motorists. Our current transportation plan is nine pages long, with the goal of building or expanding highways for a total value of $ 724 million in 15 years (which will be an added burden for taxpayers), but only one page is needed. devoted to the application of the "complete street" principle, without mention of a budget. As your Councillor, I will support an investment of $ 1 million per year, over the term of the next council, under the Complete Streets budget to make smart changes to our sidewalks, intersections and streets, to make them safer for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users. That means we will not have to wait for the complete repair of our streets to make them safer for everyone. The City and the residents will have the opportunity to decide which streets to intervene with first for safety reasons, to improve them and turn them into safe complete streets.
Although Ottawa's Transportation Master Plan provides $ 724 million for the construction and widening of streets, the amount needed for pedestrian infrastructure is only $ 66 million. This amount refers to sidewalks to be redeveloped through reconstruction and along multi-purpose roads. We need to start seeing our streets as public spaces, that is, what is best for pedestrians. Pedestrians are the cheapest commuters and yet they are the ones with the lowest investment. Once advised, I will support the adoption of low-cost but effective pedestrian safety and security measures: automatic pedestrian signaling at all downtown intersections, advanced pedestrian signage at intersections where traffic is more loaded, planting more trees to create shaded areas for pedestrians, and better sidewalk maintenance in winter to make them safer.
The latest cycling plans in Ottawa provide $ 70 million over 15 years for bicycle infrastructure.
As your Councillor, I will support a $ 70 million investment during the council's four-year term to build more bicycle-only infrastructure and ease congestion
Our new light rail is a unique opportunity for Ottawa to change the way commuters connect the city center to different neighborhoods.
Queen Street, which will soon be home to one of the LRT stations, will provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all pedestrians to arrive by train. This means that sidewalks will need to be expanded, patios installed in the business district, and trees planted to prevent the passage of road vehicles.
Thanks to the construction of the light rail track and the passage of thousands of buses along Albert and Slater streets, the time has come to design these two streets to focus first and foremost on walking and cycling and easy access to public transport.
We will also have the opportunity to reduce the long traffic of Metcalfe, O'Connor, Kent, Lyon and Bronson, but this will only really be possible if we really invest in infrastructure for bicycles and pedestrians so that our streets can serve absolutely all users.
Once advised, I will ensure that Albert Street and Slater Street are completely redeveloped as complete streets.
The city must also reinvest in public transportation downtown.
Once advised, I will take care to increase the service of the lines n ° 1 and n ° 7, along Bank Street. I will also ask that we: reserve bus lanes; install signage to give priority to public transit, and grant at intersections a right of way to buses to facilitate their smooth movement through downtown streets.
We must continue to build a healthy, sustainable city for all users.
The city must continue to respect the provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and even go beyond the sidewalk and road design. Para Transpo users will have to be consulted during consultations on the design of complete streets.
The parking The city must favor new housing projects that will attract residents who will be less reliant on motor vehicles. These new projects must include sufficient parking spaces for visitors and should not result in a decrease in the number of parking lots for visitors on the streets.
As your Councillor, I will work with my colleagues on the board to implement mandatory carpool programs in new housing projects and to impose more bike spaces. I will also ask that rental revenues for parking spaces be reinvested in the commercial improvement zones to stimulate the purchase of bus passes for employees and better snow removal of public spaces.