Paint the streets red…and blue…and green…and pink

If you are out cycling or walking this weekend, make a point of passing by Clarendon and Iona Streets on the West Side. IMG_0314 There you will see Ottawa’s first officially sanctioned, artist-supervised street painting exercise. IMG_0315 It is mid-block, whereas most street painting projects I have seen on-line favour intersections (to slow vehicles down) or along main streets (same reason). Ottawa, of course, is still very much under the thumb of conservative traffic engineers who seemingly cannot distinguish a road (for getting from point A to B) from a street (which is for local access, and therefore reduced speeds). In their minds, anything that keeps a road from looking wide open and straight is a danger. IMG_0317 So mosey over to the west side and take a gander at this revolutionary (for Ottawa) expression.  And then wonder where you think it might work in your neighbourhood, or even on your block.  I suspect the City doesn’t yet have a formal policy for approving street painting, authorizing inclusive colours (see title above), vetting the images to be shown, etc etc. If someone knows of such a policy, please share it.

Examine the prototype street painting. Figure out what works and what doesn’t. And then, happy painting. IMG_0316



3 thoughts on “Paint the streets red…and blue…and green…and pink

  1. Eric: In fact the City has developed guidelines on this. Contact the Neighbourhood Connection Office for details. Note that Elmdale PS was one of the partners on the Clarendon painting – a fantastic way to get children thinking about and experiencing a street as a space for more than just cars.

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