Information is trickling out of contacts at City Hall. They say the issue of how cyclists will be handled on the “freeway” section of the new Booth Street between Albert and Wellington has attracted the mayor’s office.
Not yet in a “how to fix it” mode, but in a “there’s a potential political problem out there”.
So the issue is being addressed by the political advisors, possibly with some input from city staff that knows how to engineer.
Or, with less potential for real change, by RTG staff which thus far has a pretty tin ear when it comes to people who cycle, people who walk, let alone people who walk to stations …
It’s not too late. If you agree that the current Booth Street design is too much like a Freeway and not enough like a street, then drop a note to the mayor right now. Tell him you want a complete street, or curbside cycling facilities, or you can even leave the solution unsuggested. Just tell him to fix it.
Here’s his email. Jim.Watson@Ottawa.ca His twitter handle is @jimwatsonottawa
Because it is now a “political issue”, if the bad design doesn’t get fixed, it’s because not enough people cared enough to say they want a better street. You will live or die with the consequences.