Regular readers of WSA will be well aware of the community proposals for a Bronson “road diet”.
A road diet tries to fix urban arterial roads that were mis-widened to four lanes in the 60’s-80’s in a vain attempt to handle more traffic, but which blighted the neighborhoods along the road instead. A three lane configuration – one through lane in each direction, plus a two-way centre turn lane – can usually handle the same volume of traffic, safer.
The City’s contractors have managed to rule out a road diet on Bronson between Laurier and Gladstone. But the stink Rescue Bronson raised about the unsatisfactory four lane configuration resonated with a number of councillors and some people in the city planning and engineering staff. A list was produced of suitable four lane roads that might be subject to a road diet.
I had heart rumours previously that Scott Street might be a candidate for a road diet. A reader (thanks Chris!) tells me today that it appears Scott in the Holland area is being repainted in a three lane configuration with curbside bike lanes.
Does anyone know if this is Ottawa’s first implemented road diet??
Update: that a portion of Scott is going a road diet is confirmed. Exactly how much of Scott we still don’t know. Apparently, the road diet was suggested by the City cycling dept as a way of getting painted bike lanes on the sides of the street without widening it. And, the engineer in charge of the project agreed, with Councilor Hobbs’s encouragement and consent.
Kudos a very much deserved for Hobbs, our cycling dept under Robin Bennett, and the progessive engineer — C Duclos — for the project.
Now, let’s try for some more …