Pedestrian crossovers have come to Ottawa!

It’s Dickinson Days Weekend!  Hopefully, the weather holds up for this great celebration as well as Doors Open Ottawa.  This weekend is your chance to come celebrate the founder of Manotick, Moss Kent Dickinson. On Friday evening, you can watch the parade along Manotick Main Street at 7:00pm with fireworks to follow at the Manotick Arena. Come back on Saturday for Pioneer Day demos, heritage crafts, machinery & vehicles at the Mill.  There will also be a pancake breakfast, Farmer's Market and more.

Celebrate rural Ottawa at the Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid Day

Local food producers and businesses will share some of the best that rural Ottawa has to offer at the Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid Day on Thursday, June 2nd. All proceeds will support the Ottawa Food Bank’s efforts to supply nutritious local ground beef to those in need.

This year’s event takes place in the Festival Plaza at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, from 7:00am until 2:00pm:

  • Enjoy a pancake breakfast (by donation), supplied by Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm from 7:00am to 9:00am.
  • Visit displays by local rural business, festivals and artisans at the Mayor’s Rural Expo, from 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • Explore Ottawa’s music scene with live entertainment by talented local musicians, including Blackwell Band.
  • Cheer on your favourite celebrity at the cow-milking competition, at 10:30am and 12:30pm.
  • Grab a BBQ hamburger, chips and a drink for lunch ($10), prepared by The WORKS from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

If you are unable to attend in person, consider donating online at ottawafoodbank.ca or by calling 613-745-7001.

Mayor’s Canada Day Breakfast

Tickets are now available for the Mayor’s Canada Day Celebration for Seniors, which will take place on Friday, July 1st from 8:30am to 11:00am.

Returning to the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park again this year, this sponsored event includes breakfast, served until 10:30am, as well as door prizes and live entertainment. Please note that there is no reserved seating, and tickets are required for entry.

Tickets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, Ext. 25683 or by emailing protocolrsvp@ottawa.ca by Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last, with a limit of two tickets per person.  A limited number of tickets are also available through my office.  Please email Wendy.Eberwein@ottawa.ca if you are interested.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available to couples celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary in 2016. These tickets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 25683.

For additional information about the event, call 3-1-1 or visit ottawa.ca.

Pedestrian Crossovers in Ottawa

Pedestrian crossovers are new to Ottawa

Pedestrian crossovers are road crossings being installed on streets with low and medium traffic and at many single-lane roundabouts. They are new in Ottawa and they are marked with unique signage and pavement markings. In some cases, but not always, they may also have pedestrian-activated flashing beacons.

You may have already noticed some in your neighbourhood, covered with bags until the program officially begins later in June. The City will install up to 60 pedestrian crossovers each year for the next three years.  In the coming weeks, you’ll begin to see work on one being installed on Manotick Main Street at Tighe Street.

It is the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians to understand and follow the rules at pedestrian crossovers.

Drivers and cyclists riding with traffic

  • Watch for and prepare to stop at pedestrian crossovers.
  • Wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the road before proceeding.
  • Once pedestrians have cleared the entire roadway, drivers may proceed with caution.
  • Note also that vehicles must not pass any other vehicle within 30 metres before a pedestrian crossover.

Pedestrians and cyclists using crossovers

  • Make an indication that you want to cross and ensure that drivers see you before you cross.
  • Cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop and it is safe to do so.
  • Cyclists, dismount your bike and walk it across the road.

Roundabouts

At roundabouts, where pedestrian crossovers are being installed, pedestrians will now have the right of way over vehicles.

Fines

Drivers will be fined $150 to $500 with three demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings.

For more information about pedestrian crossovers visit ottawa.ca.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.