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30 km/h streets are safer streets -- so why aren't we all getting them?

Posted by Michelle on November 23, 2017 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Toronto and Montreal are among the cities putting widespread 30 km/h speed limits in place to protect their residents. With its street-by-street approach, Ottawa lags behind.

Years ago, I asked for a reduction in the speed limit on a street my daughter takes to school, which has the city's default of 50 km/h. I knew that the

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On congestion causes & solutions, Ottawa turns its back on reason

Posted by Trevor Haché on April 18, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (3)

Many members of the Healthy Transportation Coalition were pleased to voice support for the City of Ottawa to study the causes of traffic congestion and the full range of solutions.

After receiving the support of 70% of Transportation Committee members at the April 6th meeting, the matter was referred to City Council for consideration on April 13th.

City Councillor David Chernushenko, Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, and six other city council...

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Canadian and North American Experience With Road Pricing

Posted by Geoff Stiles on April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Support for Road Pricing. The idea of road pricing is gradually gaining support in Canada. For example, Ontario has announced a pilot project to turn High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes into High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, and the City of Toronto has just issued an RFP for consultants to study the technologies and impacts of road pricing on the Gardiner E...

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User Fees for roads: The Stockholm Experience

Posted by Geoff Stiles on February 25, 2016 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (3)

User Fees for roads: The Stockholm Experience

Ottawa’s recent decision to increase its emissions reduction target to 80% from 2012 levels by 2050 will require major changes to one sector in particular: transportation, currently responsible for 40% of the City’s community greenhouse gas emissions.

In a previous blog, Trevor Haché discussed how introducing congestion charges could help alleviate the City’s dependence on private veh...

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Will Ottawa finally study user fees for roads?

Posted by Trevor Haché on February 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (4)

On March 2nd, Ottawa’s Transportation Committee will receive an estimate from City staff on the time and costs required to conduct a study on user fees for roads.


This is a result of a ‘direction to staff’ moved by committee member and City Councillor David Chernushenko on December 2nd. It was during the city’s 2016 Budget deliberations...

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Our Term of Council Priorities

Posted by Trevor Haché on May 19, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

On May 8th, a bunch of our members sent the following letter on the new Term of Council Priorities to City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and all Ottawa City Councillors. On May 9th, Joanne Chianello, city affairs columnist with The Ottawa Citizen, wrote

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New Election Video from TCAT

Posted by Karen Hawley on September 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)


The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) releases today its 11th

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Bike Lanes reduce costs

Posted by Karen Hawley on August 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward

Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure could actually decrease enthusiasm for cycling.


Biking in Centretown

Posted by Patrick Marchand-Smith on July 7, 2014 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

As a new resident in Centretown, an avid cyclist and bike commuter I thought I might try to get a discussion rolling on two wheeled transportation within as well as to and from this central neighbourhood.

For an able-bodied cyclist who likes to race cars, Centretown can be a pleasure to ride in. Biking is the fastest, most convenient way to get around its grid-pattern streets and find free parking on its many bike racks. Cyclists also enjoy relatively low-speed car traffic and many ame...

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