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6 Comments

  1. I walk down Wellington St. everyday. The intersection of Wellington and Holland is absolutely dangerous. I see a full red being run there everyday! Also, cars turning left onto Wellington from Holland simply do not stop for pedestrians when they have the signal to walk. I am very concerned that someone is going to be seriously hurt here.

  2. The intersection of Wellington and Parkdale is similarly very dangerous due to bad drivers. A pedestrian was killed there a few years ago. Although the traffic sign clearly forbids a right turn on a red light and although the pedestrian walk sign starts before the red light turns to green in order to give pedestrians a chance to start to cross the intersection before right turns can start, often enough drivers ignore the sign. People in a rush, thinking pedestrians are too slow. I had a scary experience just last summer at that intersection. A pickup truck driver waited until the walk sign turned on for me and my dog and I actually made a move to start crossing and as I started off the curb the guy just blasted a right turn around the curb and only because I jumped back and pulled my dog away we weren’t hit by him. He sped off, I was in shock. And although it is a driver problem, it is also very predictable that some drivers will ignore the sign and endanger pedestrians, so it is also a systemic problem that calls for more enforcement of traffic sign violations and higher penalties for ignoring signs meant to protect pedestrians. Your website addresses a very important element of our quality of life in Ottawa that has not got anywhere near the attention it deserves and I thank you for starting this website and trying to improve pedestrian safety in Ottawa.

  3. I find it just confusing as a pedestrian. Some places you need to push the button, others do not. Some have 2 buttons, unclear which to push so i have to push both. Then i just get frustrated, perhaps waiting for a 2nd light cycle, not understanding what is going on and look for a time to cross regardless of the complicated buttons and lights. Have looked a bit but do not find online information about how this all works. Maybe we need a pedestrian manual to understand these complexities. Too complex = ignored. Downtown signposts with collections of signs for many rules as too complex also.

    PS: I am good at understanding technical details, more than general public, but undocumented/inconsistent – how can anyone make sense of it.

  4. There was a bit about your group on CBC radio and I thought “Ok, it’s not just me whose concerned for pedestrians!”. I just want to publicly say I concur with having automatic walk signals! Some of the intersections that were not mentioned include Carleton University and Algonquin College. On any day there are 30-40 people waiting to cross, yet the signal is not automatic; why the hell not? It’s a freaking school! Others include the park and ride on Carp road (I’m sure other park and rides don’t have the signal as well). On a personal note, I had a driver try to run me over at the intersection of Parkdale and Burnside because I tried to cross without a walk signal. should I have pushed the button? Yes. Did the driver know I intended to cross the road? Yes. However, because the walk signal was not on, he deemed it perfectly ‘justifiable’ to run me over. Motorists experience road rage, pedestrians don’t, it’s as simple as that. Automatic walk signals NEED to be installed in high volume areas, not ifs about it!

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  6. Klondike road in Kanata is very dangerous. There is no sidewalk so eventually the only way is to walk on the street between the cars which is super dangerous especially with two way narrow street.

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