No money to make 29 Ottawa intersections safer for cyclists

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The City of Ottawa has come up with a list of high-traffic intersections that deserve better safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians, but it doesn’t have the $32 million available right now to improve them. “At least we know where the improvements are required,” said Coun. Tim Tierney, chair of the city’s transportation committee, referring to the 29 intersections for which consultants have now drawn up preliminary plans. He cautioned that the list presented to committee Wednesday would take years to roll out and require “scarce” funding. The review of intersections came after fatal collisions in the spring of 2019, when Mayor Jim Watson and former transportation committee chair Stephen Blais directed staff to study what cycling fixes were necessary — and where — to keep cyclists safer.

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