Since our founding in 2014, we are proud of the progress we've made to make Ottawa better for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders. Transportation equity is a big focus of our work, and 2019 has been filled with important investments in the change we need.
We won increased parking rates, and $4 million for road safety improvements at Transportation Committee on Oct. 2nd
For years we’ve been drawing attention to the fact on-street parking rates have been frozen since 2008. Yet, from 2008 to 2019, single-ride transit fares have been increased by 80%. We have also been working to have Ottawa spend parking revenue on encouraging more sustainable modes of transportation.
This past summer, we organized rallies following the deaths of people biking on city streets. And, we mobilized hundreds of people to email their City Councillors and Mayor Jim Watson, urging them to find resources to make our streets safer by enacting a strong commitment to Vision Zero.
Yesterday, finally, the Transportation Committee unanimously endorsed a plan to increase parking rates by 50 cents/hour. And, the committee also unanimously endorsed a plan to use $4 million in parking revenue to fund road projects that involve parking, freeing up an equal amount of money elsewhere in the City’s budget to fund Road Safety Action Plan improvements, based on Vision Zero principles.
However, we did not win all we wanted on Oct. 2nd at Transportation Committee. The City is still providing a bunch of free parking downtown during evenings and weekends.
And, while the City will be removing snow from sidewalks once more per year than previously (in paid parking areas, using parking revenue), unfortunately, the City has not yet committed to bringing sidewalk maintenance standards to the level they need to be. Please ask your elected officials to make winter sidewalk maintenance a priority this year.
We’ve had an incredible year (to the tune of $26,130,000)
Following the important Oct. 2nd victories at Transportation Committee, we took some time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in 2019. We are very grateful to have been able to work with dozens of organizational allies, and thousands of Ottawa residents to win the following:
- In Budget 2019, we helped win $15 million for affordable housing, and a public transit fare freeze for the transit riders who use the Access, Community, and EquiPass, worth $100,000.
- In the spring we helped to win a $6 million electric bus pilot project, and $30,000 of parking revenue to be used on installing 50 ring-and-post bike racks at bus stops.
- This fall, we have won a $1 million commitment from OC Transpo that it will create an on-line booking system for ParaTranspo riders. And, the $4 million investment in the Strategic Road Safety Action Plan.
Many dozens of awesome organizational allies, thousands of Ottawa residents, and friends at City Hall helped us achieve all these good things (which total an astounding $26,130,000), and for that we are very grateful.