10:30 a.m., June 9)
Viseneau accident calls citys inaction into question
By Fred Sherwin
the aftermath of the accident that left a young women
with her severe head injuries, many residents on Viseneau
Street are saying it could have easily been prevented
if the city had of implemented traffic calming measures
they have been demanding since 2014.
Teolis lives several houses down from where the accident
occured. The retired RCMP officer and long-time resident
has seen his fair share of near misses over the years.
been at least a half dozen cars that have ended up on
someones front lawn because theyve been going
too fast and couldnt make the corner, says
Teolis who has led the fight for traffic calming measures
on the street.
city responded by conducting a traffic management study
in 2014 which resulted in a number of recommendations
including intersection narrowings and a series of concrete
medians. Speed bumps were not presented as an option,
presumably because OC Transpo objected to having them
on a bus route.
was only after 43 residents petitioned Innes Ward Coun.
Jody Mitic, requesting that speed bumps by used as an
effective traffic calming measure that the city acquiesed.
The speed bumps and other traffic calming measures should
be installed this summer. Teolis contends the speed bumps
should have been installed last year.
first wrote to Mayor Jim Watson about his concerns in
his e-mail, Teolis made a rather well-reasoned argument
in favour of gradual speed bumps, pointing out that they
are in use on a number of streets in the city, including
Lyon Street, which are on existing bus routes.
He ended his correspondence with what has turned out to
be an eerily prophetic warning.
I personally observed and as related to me by the other
residents of this portion of Viseneau, the risk of injury
or fatality is very high under the present circumstances.
The previous incidents have shown that this can very well
occur with possibly tragic results.
a serious incident occur I would then be asking myself,
Did I do enough to bring this safety concern to
the management of the City of Ottawa. And you will
probably ask yourself, Did I take it seriously and
did I do enough to resolve it.
is a question that many people are now asking in the aftermath
of last weeks accident.
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