If you can spare 30 or 40 seconds, watch the behaviour of the rushing vehicles in this video, and then compare the numbers of cars and trucks with how many pedestrians are using the sidewalks at this major intersection — it’s the corner of Somerset and Bronson.
Somehow the City’s traffic engineers would have us believe that widening this road even further will be the best way to achieve a safer street – a street already notorious for its unfriendly pedestrian environment.
If you think the City’s plans for a wider faster Bronson — coming next spring, unless it is stopped by community pressure –are misguided and dangerous, there is a way to have your views heard on the issue. And it may well be the last time the City will take the time to listen. As Eric Darwin from the Dalhousie Community Association put it in his West Side Action blog:
“The City’s ONLY public consultation event for the Bronson road widening and neighborhood massacre is at 6.30 Thursday, Nov 24th; at Centennial PS in the gym”.
For those of you that are not familiar with the school, its coordinates are here.
Spacing Ottawa will be at the meeting where we hope to live-tweet the event as it happens; we’ll be using the hashtag #rescuebronson
Meanwhile, some more images of just how damaging the Bronson arterial is to the urban fabric around it, even at its current “pre-widened” state.