What is the Healthy Transportation Coalition?

Members of the Healthy Transportation Coalition believe there are many needed improvements in the National Capital Region before we will have a truly healthy transportation network. 

Better infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit riders.
Communities that are home to vulnerable populations should have excellent access to healthy transportation options. 
Complete Streets that serve all modes of transportation and users, no matter their age or abilities, need to be built in these communities leading to and from public transit stations, schools, green spaces, and areas of our cities that contain local businesses. 
Improving the linkages between existing cycling, pedestrian, high-occupancy vehicle transportation networks should also be highly prioritized.

With a focus on community organizing, research, the need for effective policy and infrastructure, our members fund and co-create projects to build more livable communities. If we all work together, we will make more progress more quickly.

News & Updates

89 organizations submit Budget 2021 priorities to Mayor, Council

A total of 89 organizations and more than 350 individuals across the city of Ottawa have submitted Budget 2021 input to the Mayor, asking him to prioritize affordable housing near rapid transit stations.

The groups and individuals have asked City Council to put a minimum of $20 million in Budget 2021, to pass a strong inclusionary zoning bylaw, and to ensure government-owned land near rapid transit stations is used for non-profit, co-op housing.

You can read the letter below, or in PDF format here.

Individuals are invited to email the Mayor in support of these Budget 2021 requests here.



From #Autowa to Healthy Streets: A Webinar with Lucy Saunders

“Healthy Streets is not about delivering a handful of high profile projects, it’s about changing everyday decisions and practice to deliver better outcomes for people across a whole town or city.”

-Lucy Saunders, Director, Healthy Streets (Cities Forum, https://www.citiesforum.org/interview/lucy-saunders/)

Street design is a public health issue.

Instead of being the cause of injury and fear, streets can be a source of health for us all.

But how do we get from #Autowa to Healthy Streets?

We’re thrilled to be hosting a webinar at 12 noon on October 7 with public health specialist, urbanist and transport planner Lucy Saunders. Lucy is the creator of the Healthy Streets Approach, which embeds public health in city transport, public realm and planning. (You can register for the webinar here.)

Her highly influential work put health at the heart of city policy in London, England, with Mayor Sadiq Khan adopting Healthy Streets as the framework of his 25-year Transport Strategy. Lucy now shares her expertise with cities and regions globally.

She’ll talk about the 10 indicators of a Healthy Street, and how to shift priorities from traffic flow and parking to the human experience of the street.

OTTAWA, 29 July 2020—The Healthy Transportation Coalition is asking that any federal stimulus money be invested in healthy transportation projects and affordable housing, and not in road projects to increase car capacity.

In a letter to Ottawa City Council, the Ottawa Board of Health, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities of Canada Catherine McKenna, the Coalition asks that federal money be put into public transit expansion, bus-only priority lanes, cycle tracks, widened sidewalks, traffic calming, and other healthy transportation projects—as well as deeply affordable housing in neighbourhoods with excellent walking, cycling and transit networks, including rapid transit stations.

“It would be irresponsible to use federal stimulus funding to build new and widened roads to increase car capacity,” says Coalition board member Trevor Haché. “We’re in an environmental, health, housing and homelessness emergency. We’ve committed to building 15-minute neighbourhoods. We need to follow the lead of cities worldwide and invest in healthy streets and a healthy recovery.”  

“It’s about health and equity,” says John Woodhouse of Walk Ottawa. “Serious investments in transit, walking and cycling are needed in every single neighbourhood. The city’s focus on parking and traffic flow has gone on for too long. If we don’t prioritize healthy streets now, then when?” 

“It is clear from the past few months that access to parks, green spaces, and safe active transportation routes has been incredibly important in helping our citizens preserve their mental and physical health through this difficult time,” says Dr. Mark Tremblay, Director of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, CHEO Research Institute, and Chair of Outdoor Play Canada.

“It has also become clear that opportunities for social and environmental connections, recreation, play, and active transportation in the outdoors are not readily available to all. We have an opportunity now to think about how we can shape our city moving forward, in a way that promotes, protects, and preserves access to the outdoors for the health of all citizens, across all ages—we have a responsibility to do so,” says Tremblay.

The Coalition is echoing demands made by health professionals and organizations around the world, who have asked the G20 leaders to prioritize pedestrians, cyclists and public transport in cities as part of a healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coalition’s letter notes that cities worldwide are reallocating street space to enable safe walking, cycling and transit as pandemic restrictions lift, with Vancouver reallocating a minimum of 11% of city street space to “people-focused public space,” and Toronto building a 40-km expansion of its cycling network.

The Healthy Transportation Coalition is a group of 35 organizations and more than 200 individuals working together to create a better, more equitable transportation system in Ottawa.


For more information, please contact:


Trevor Haché

Board member and co-founder, Healthy Transportation Coalition



Dr. Mark Tremblay

Director, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, CHEO Research Institute

Chair, Outdoor Play Canada

[email protected]


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