LRT OPEN HOUSES
Watch for a open house events in June and November for updates on plans to extend light rail transit west past Moodie Drive towards Kanata and Stittsville. Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson shared the news in a newsletter update: “An evaluation of alternative corridors and selection of a preferred corridor and station locations will be discussed… on the technically preferred plan, which will go to Transportation Committee and Council for approval in March 2018. Construction of this section cannot occur until after the LRT reaches Moodie in 2023 and a funding source is obtained.”Continue reading →
Earlier this winter I was sitting in my home office which looks North onto West Ridge Drive. I heard a snowmobile so glanced out the window to see the snowmobile (heading south) go through West Ridge Park and then cut across my lawn (as I live on the corner).
As I looked out the window to try to identify the snowmobile (plates) I saw a police car driving North on West Ridge. So the police passed the snowmobile as the snowmobile was driving on my lawn.
The incidents of snowmobiles driving on our lawn was much greater when we moved in in 2014 but has seemed to drop. This was the first incident this year. Hopefully there isn’t another as I have a young son who often plays in the front yard.
City Councillor Shad Qadri is looking for feedback on a plan to add parking on West Ridge near the Trans Canada Trail to serve snowmobilers:
“This week, I have been speaking with traffic staff in an effort to resolve some of the parking conflicts that occur within this area for vehicles left behind for snowmobilers. This parking concept plan would implement available parking intended for the use of (but not limited to) snowmobilers between Abbott St West and Eliza Crescent (see image above). It is my hopes that this strategy will help to clear some of the parking congestion on Abbott during winter months while still allotting a place for recreational activists to make the most of the snowy weather.
At this point in time, it is important to state that this is a project which is still in the works and would only be implemented pending positive community reception and available funding. As such, I am looking for community feedback as to whether or not such a parking plan would be supported or discouraged by residents in and around the area. I am interested in hearing about your opinion and thoughts to the concept plan and cost, which is currently estimated to be around $80,000. Please email all correspondence to Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or post on my Facebook page.”
Snowmobiles are prohibited east of West Ridge, but are allowed heading west.
ABOVE: Traffic calming pilot on West Ridge Drive. Photo by Barry Gray.
WEST RIDGE TRAFFIC CALMING
If you ever want to inspire road rage, try driving the posted speed limit down West Ridge Drive. It’s signed at 40km/h, and if you stick to that speed chances are you’ll be tailgated, honked at, and maybe even passed. The “flex signs” help, but they don’t solve everything. Just days after a new traffic calming project was launched earlier this month, police clocked a car travelling at 21km/hr over the speed limit. Continue reading →
What’s interesting from a Stittsville perspective is that not only are we the ward with the fewest million-dollar home assessments, we’re also the only ward where the number has gone down. Continue reading →
Here’s a photo from Stittsville resident Christopher Skinner. This trail is just west of Westridge, a bit north of the spot where the trail splits. He writes: “Beautiful night for a run on the trails! We’re lucky to have such fabulous scenery in this area.” We agree!
City of Ottawa staff acknowledge that a section of West Ridge Drive isn’t up to current pedestrian safety standards, but there are no plans to fix it.
Most of West Ridge has sidewalks on both sides of the road, but one section that doesn’t is a stretch of about 160 metres on the west side between Sable Run Drive and Steggall Crescent. That sidewalk-free stretch is also home neighbourhood’s community mailbox. Continue reading →