Category: Parking, Traffic and Transit

Recap & FAQ: Winter parking restrictions

Last night about 40 Fairwinds residents attended a meeting to give feedback about the proposed winter parking pilot for about 20 streets in Fairwinds. Councillor Shad Qadri was there along with three of his colleagues from the City of Ottawa: Phil Landry (Traffic Services) Kerry-Lynn Mohr (Traffic Operations) and  Chad Findlay (Road Operations / winter plows).

Staff clarified that this is a pilot project, and that they’ll evaluate the results throughout the winter and afterwards to determine if it continues for next year, or if any changes are required.  The pilot would run from Decmeber 1-March 16.

The City did a similar pilot project last year on five streets in Half Moon Bay in Barrhaven (also built by Mattamy, with a similar road design).  The City received very good feedback from residents.  The surface operations department (snowplows) believes they achieved a more consistent level of service with parking restricted to one side.

There were many people in the audience who were supportive of the pilot, along with several who had specific conerns on their particular streets.

All residents on affected streets have received a letter from the city.  Staff are giving residents until October 13 to share their feedback. They want to hear residents who support the pilot on their street, or who have specific concerns.  If there is a significant number of people on a particular street who do not want parking restrictions, staff will remove that street from the list. A final plan and list of streets will be presented before the pilot is implemented.
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Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from Councillor Qadri’s office.

Q: When will this be implemented?

A: The City would like to have it implemented for this winter season. It will be a pilot so after this season it will be reviewed and changes could be made. If once the signs are installed this Fall there is an issue, please report it and it can be reviewed and can be changed if necessary this year.

Q: Why is it proposed to not restrict parking on the side of the street with the sidewalk?

A: Staff are recommending to keep parking on the sidewalk side of the street so there is a safe place to get out of the car which is not blocked by snowbanks.

Q: Where and when will signs be placed?

A: Signs will be installed a maximum of 50 meters apart. An effort will be made to use existing sign posts and streetlights for the no parking signs. Where a new sign will be required they will try to have them installed on property line between houses. Signs will remain in place at all times and will note the seasonal restrictions. It is anticipated that signs would be installed by December 1, 2017.

Q: Why are not all streets in Fairwinds included to have no parking on one side of the street?

A: This is already an aggressive plan, with the number of streets proposed there will be a need for approximately 95 signs. This will be the largest pilot of this type that the City has undertaken, there was as similar successful pilot in Barrhaven with only five streets. There was an interest to concentrate the pilot in the areas north and south of Maple Grove. In future more streets could be reviewed to be included for the pilot.

Q: Could parking be restricted at all times on one side of the street?

A: Yes, but this would require residents to follow the formal petition process. Residents can request a petition form from the City and must receive signatures from 2/3 of the street in support of no parking. For more information contact Councillor Qadri at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca . On streets with no houses fronting, such as Leveche, the petition would require signatures from the residents that abut the street.

Q: Does the City require this to be done?
A: No. The City’s traffic department does not have safety concerns with the current street parking.

The surface operations staff have noted that this would assist with their snow removal and allow them to provide a better clearing of the street. However, if the community does not want to proceed then staff can still manage to remove the snow with street parking on both sides of the streets.

Emergency Services have not identified the street parking as a concern and Fire Department has confirmed they can still access the streets with street parking.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has not identified this as a major concern for the school buses, however we are aware that residents have reported busses having issues.

Q: Would it be more cost efficient to instead provide more funding for snow removal improvements?

A: No. Operations staff noted it would be considerably more expensive to provide increased snow clearing service. By eliminating the parking on one side it will improve operations as it will prevent the ploughs from weaving between the cars parked on the side of the streets.

Q: Is the City considering these parking issues in future planned developments?

A: Yes. Through the City’s Building Better Smarter Suburbs initiative and the Infrastructure Standards Review, the City has worked with developers and the utilities to implement changes and identify opportunities to ease the pressure within the right of way. This has included identifying a mix of housing types that would reduce parking pressure, pairing driveways to increase the availability of on-street parking and other initiatives.

The City has standard road cross sections, that help drive the design of the subdivisions. These cross sections take into account the width of the actual road, but also a number of other factors, such as underground services, utilities, trees, and the required setbacks for each of these. In the Fairwinds development the parking requirements for the area are met, accounting for parking within the garage and the driveways. Often, residents re-purpose their garage for storage etc, which contributes to the desire for on-street parking.

While there have been some issues with respect to the way the area was planned, it is also very important to note that residents should be aware that their units only provide a certain amount of parking. Fairwinds was one of the first areas of Stittsville to be a denser development which provided affordable units in our community. With these affordable units, this does result in smaller units, units closer together, less outdoor space and also less parking being provided compared other areas of Stittsville.

Residents do need to have some responsibility in ensuring they understand the parking provided and use their provided space provided, and allow space on the street for visitors to park. Residents may think there is no harm to always park on the street but this can create frustrated neighbours as it can make it difficult for other neighbours to back out of their laneways and also for their snow removal.

Q: How will the City measure the success of the program?

A: Primarily the program will be assessed through feedback from the residents sent to the Councillor’s office and 311. Will also see feedback from Surface Operations staff. There are no set measures for determining the success of the pilot program.

Q: How do you provide feedback?

A: We would like to hear from as many residents as possible. If you support the plan let us know and if you have concerns, please bring them to our attention.

If we only receive negative comments from a street, then we will NOT proceed with implementing the winter no parking on that street. If there is a mix of comments on a street, then staff will review it on a case by case basis.

Deadline for comments is Friday, October 13th and please email both Shad Qadri at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and Kerry-Lynn Mohr at Kerry-Lynn.Mohr@ottawa.ca .

Future updates on the project will be provided through Councillor Qadri’s eNewsletter, sign up to receive this newsletter please visit https://shadqadri.com/contact/ .

 

Winter Parking Pilot Project - Map 1
Winter Parking Pilot Project – Map 1 – View as PDF
Winter Parking Pilot Project - Map 2
Winter Parking Pilot Project – Map 2 – View as PDF

Meeting about winter parking pilot on September 28

The City of Ottawa and Councillor Shad Qadri are hosting an information meeting on September 28 regarding a proposed pilot project for winter parking restrictions in Fairwinds.  Residents on affected streets will receive the following letter from Councillor Qadri’s office this week with more information. For a list of streets affected, please see Map 1 or Map 2 (PDF files).  

 

Winter Parking Pilot Project - Map 1
Winter Parking Pilot Project – Map 1
Winter Parking Pilot Project - Map 2
Winter Parking Pilot Project – Map 2

 

Here’s the full letter sent to residents:

 

Dear Resident,

The City of Ottawa has reviewed parking and operational issues on your street from previous winter seasons. There is an upcoming meeting on September 28, 2017 at 7pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Hall A to discuss a pilot for winter parking restrictions highlighted on the attached map.

Due to concerns my office has received from both residents and City Winter Operations Staff regarding the narrowing of the travelled portion of your street during the winter months, a meeting is being held to discuss a pilot project to allow parking on only one side of the street, with seasonal winter parking restrictions on the other (No Parking, Dec 1st to March 30th). This will enable better access for snow plows resulting in clearer and safer streets for everyone in your community.

We emphasize that this meeting is to discuss a possible pilot for this winter season and staff will monitor the outcome, if the pilot goes ahead, to determine if this will remain in place for winter 2018-2019. It is important that my office and the City’s Traffic Department hear from residents on this project, so I would encourage you to please try and attend the meeting to have your opinion heard.

Residents are also reminded that there is no on-street parking allowed during a winter parking ban. For more information on winter parking and the winter overnight parking ban visit Ottawa.ca.

If you have any questions regarding parking during the winter months, please contact 3-1-1 or 311@ottawa.ca.

Thank you for taking the time to review staff’s proposal. I look forward to meeting with you.

If you are unable to attend the meeting on September 28th, information regarding the pilot will be included in my upcoming weekly newsletters. If you do not yet receive my weekly newsletter and would like to, please email me at shad.qadri@ottawa.ca and I will add you to my mailing list.

Sincerely,

Shad Qadri

Maple Grove to be closed July 10-21

via Councillor Shad Qadri:

I would like to advise residents that from July 10-21st, Maple Grove Road will be closed from Silver Seven to Huntmar due to continuing Forcemain and Pump Station work.

During this time, I encourage residents to plan their routes in advance and use the image below as reference for recommended detour.

We need your feedback on proposed winter parking changes!

Winter parking continues to be an issue in Fairwinds, and Councillor Qadri and City staff are looking for feedback on a new plan to restrict parking to one side of the street on many roads in our community.

The restrictions would be in effect from December 1 to March 31, at all times of the day. Signs would be installed to indicate the time limitations. The councillor’s office has provided two maps showing where parking would be restricted. The red lines show which side of the street would have no parking signs.

Fairwinds South proposed winter parking restrictions Fairwinds North proposed winter parking restrictions

We want to hear from you!

Councillor Qadri has asked the Fairwinds Community Association to help gather feedback from the community.  Fill out the form below and let us know what you think about the plan, or email info@fairwindscommunity.com. Deadline for feedback is Friday, April 7.  (Please note, your personal information will only be used by the Fairwinds Community Association to evaluate the responses received. Only anonymous data will not be shared directly with the councillor’s office or the City of Ottawa.)

 

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Reduced speed zones and a flex stake coming to…

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update on traffic calming to the Fairwinds Community Association on September 12. Here’s what you can expect to see in the community in the near future.

Reduced speed zones near some parks

According to Councillor Qadri, speed limits will be reduced to 40 km/h near some of the parks in Fairwinds. Specifically, the new reduced speed zones will be:

  • Leveche Way (both north and south of Maple Grove Road)
  • Montserrat Street
  • Par-La-Ville Circle
  • Vendevale Avenue

There will be signs posted alerting drivers to the change plus speed limits will be pained on the pavement on each road.

Changes to planned calming on Rosehill

Earlier this year, Councillor Qadri informed the FCA that flex stakes would be installed on Rosehill Avenue near Rosehill Park. One was intended to be placed near the curve east of the traffic circle (near Tramontana Place); the second was to be placed near the intersection of Rosehill and  Harmattan Avenue.

The latest update is that only one stake is feasible:

Traffic Staff conducted a site visit on Rosehill, and has concluded that only one flex stake would be feasible on Rosehill Avenue between Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road – this would be the flex stake just south of Harmattan Avenue, and this would require seasonal parking restrictions (signage to be installed on residential frontages). Traffic has not yet sent my office a proposal as to when the stake will be implemented.

Rotating speed boards coming to Fairwinds

Lastly, the councillor noted that several brackets have been installed in the community to hold speed boards. While no permanent board will be placed on Huntmar, as was considered, a rotating sign board will be placed at various points throughout the community at different times.

Maple Grove Road between Terry Fox Drive and Huntmar…

This was passed along by the City of Ottawa:

Maple Grove Road between Terry Fox Drive and Huntmar Drive closed Thursday

Ottawa – Starting Thursday, September 8, Maple Grove Road will be closed to vehicular traffic between Terry Fox Drive and Huntmar Drive. This closure is required to accommodate the installation of sanitary forcemains and sewers and will last until the end of October.

A signed detour for motorists will be in place. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to follow all construction signage.

Access to Sensplex, Walter Baker Park, Honeywell, Hydro Ottawa and City Works Yard will be maintained.

The Kanata West Pump Station and Forcemains Project is part of Ottawa on the Move, which is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.

For current traffic and construction information around the city, visit ottawa.ca

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us throughFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Maple Grove Road to close until early September for…

Maple Grove Road will be closed to traffic between Terry Fox Drive and Silver Seven Road beginning Wednesday, July 20. The closure will allow for the installation of sewer pipes related to construction of the Kanata West Pump Station on Maple Grove Road. The closure will remain in effect until early September.

Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., extending to 10 p.m. as required. No overnight work is planned. A signed detour will be in place throughout the construction period. Motorists and cyclists are advised to follow all signage directed at them. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the construction period.

There are no anticipated effects to OC Transpo routes.

Walter Baker Park and nearby businesses will remain open as usual and access will be maintained.

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca.

Traffic Circle Changes around the City

Shad Qadri shared this info in his weekly newsletter, after a number of residents asked about the new signage (still covered up) that went up recently at the Huntmar roundabout. 

You may have noticed some new signage that has yet to be uncovered appearing at traffic circles such as the one at Huntmar and Rosehill as of late. Here is the explanation.

At the majority of – if not all – roundabouts outside of Ontario, vehicles have to yield to pedestrians at the roundabout crossings. Prior to January 2016, there was no legislation in place in Ontario to allow municipalities to install signage to have vehicles yield to pedestrians. That changed this past January as the Highway Traffic Act was amended to allow municipalities to install unsignalized Pedestrian Crossovers (PXOs). This device will provide priority for pedestrians requiring vehicles to stop and allow them to cross the street at these crosswalks.  As identified in the Council approved Pedestrian Crossover Program (September 2015) the PXO for mid-block crossings as well as at roundabouts will start to be implemented.

Past studies that the City has conducted at roundabouts indicate that between 50 % and 70 % of vehicles yield to pedestrians that are waiting to cross the street.  As some have mentioned in social media conversations, vehicles are today yielding to pedestrians, when legally they don’t need to.

This creates safety issues. Drivers behind a car that is stopping may not expect this to occur which causes them to have to brake suddenly. Once the appropriate signage and pavement markings are installed at the roundabout crossings, it will be clear to all drivers that if a pedestrian is present, they must stop if it is safe to do so.  This should eliminate any uncertainty for drivers behind a vehicle approaching an intersection if they will or will not stop.  Since pedestrian crossings are very short (about 5m) the delay to motorists when pedestrians are present will be minimal (as we see today when vehicles do stop for pedestrians).

Implementation of the PXOs at roundabouts will begin to take place in late June. 

All single lane roundabouts where pedestrians will be present (the majority of them) will have the PXOs applied.  It is necessary to do this for consistency across the city.

I understand that this is a big change in operations at the roundabouts and both my office and the rest of City staff plan on undertaking an extensive education/awareness campaign in advance of the installation of the PXOs at roundabouts and at midblock and intersection locations to ensure that motorists as well as pedestrians have an understanding of what the PXO means, how it operates and what everyone’s responsibilities are.

The City will initiate this communication initiative on the 24th of May and it will continue through the remainder of the Pedestrian Crossover three year pilot project period.

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact my office at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.