The Sustainability Mobility Summit Will Be Held at the University of Ottawa - 55 Laurier Ave E

2016 Sustainable Mobility SummitHP


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Tour 1: Complete Streets – From Policy to Reality - Walking Tour 

In this 2-hour tour participants will be led along several Ottawa streets that are undergoing Complete Streets transformations and will hear about how words on paper are being translated into concrete results.  Learn the stories behind the politics, policies, planning, design and operations of the O’Connor Street Bikeway, the Main Street Renewal, the Elgin Street redesign, and others.  The tour will highlight projects in the early planning stages as well as those that have recently been reconstructed.  An optional extra 30-minute side tour to the Adàwe Crossing – Ottawa’s newest pedestrian and cyclist bridge – will be offered after the formal tour to anyone interested.

Formal tour (approx. 2 hours)

Start/finish: Corktown Footbridge (Rideau Canal at Somerset Street)

Route: West along Somerset Street West; south along O’Connor Street; east along Pretoria Avenue; north along Queen Elizabeth Drive; east along Pretoria Bridge; east along Hawthorne Avenue; south along Main Street to Riverdale Avenue; north along Main Street to Clegg Street; west along Clegg Street; north along Colonel By Drive (bordering the Rideau Canal); west along Pretoria Bridge; north along Queen Elizabeth Drive (bordering the Rideau Canal) to Somerset Street West.

Highlights: Elgin Street redesign (Elgin at Somerset; Elgin at Queen Elizabeth Drive); O’Connor Street Bikeway (O’Connor at Somerset; O’Connor at Highway 417); Main Street Renewal (Main at Graham; Main at Riverdale); Colonel By at Clegg Street intersection improvements; Corktown Footbridge; U of O LRT station (under construction) and tunnel.

If time allows an additional visit will include the following (approx. 30 minutes)

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Start/finish: Corktown Footbridge (Rideau Canal at Somerset Street)

Route: East through pedestrian tunnel; east along Somerset Street East to Adàwe Crossing (Rideau River); turn around and retrace route back west along Somerset Street East; west through pedestrian tunnel.

Highlights:  Somerset Street East advisory bike lanes; Adàwe Crossing (new well-used $9M pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Rideau River).


Tour 2: Rapid Transit in the City of Ottawa — Past, Present and Future - CANCELLED


Tour 3: Gatineau - Rapid Bus Transit in Gatineau + A Stop at Zibi and Jacques Cartier Park 

The tour in Gatineau will be very interesting and diverse. It will have its first stop at Zibi, a sustainable community and redevelopment project being led by Windmill Development. It embodies the best practices in new urbanist and smart city design and it aims to become Canada’s first One-planet endorsed community, while also having received multiple awards from the Canadian, American and International planning community. An interesting presentation will be given with a special focus on sustainable mobility strategies aiming to reduce the CO2 emissions from residential transportation by 90%. 


The tour will then allow you to discover Gatineau’s rapid bus transit corridor. A presentation of the transportation agency, the STO, will provide a good understanding of past and future keystones of public transportation in the region.

Finally, the last stop will allow you to discover the brand new redevelopment project of Jacques Cartier street. This 43 million dollars project gives back the Ottawa river to the residents and makes room for a state of the art active transportation link in the region. This stop will allow the active transportation coordinator to share Gatineau’s current efforts to increase active transportation modal shares.


Tour location
:  tour group leaves Demarais building (55 Laurier Ave E) at 12:45 to go to bus stop

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