In October, 2015 Glebe Community and the Old Ottawa South Community Associations conducted a residents survey to gauge the impact of the Lansdowne redevelopment, particularly from a traffic and transportation perspective, now that the new Lansdowne has been fully operational for several months. Over 1000 households responded to the survey, including respondents from 87% of the streets in the Glebe, Dows Lake and Old Ottawa South. Nearly 20% of the respondents were those living in the immediate vicinity of Lansdowne including the new townhomes and condos within the development. Two-thirds of respondents had a positive view towards Lansdowne and are using it regularly. Nevertheless survey respondents made it clear that some improvements are needed, particularly regarding traffic related matters.The following are some of the initial recommendations arising from the survey results:
- The pedestrian environment within Lansdowne needs much improvement to limit conflict and confusion with vehicles
- The Bank Street Bridge, and the intersections on either side of it, remain a safety concern for the both communities, particularly for pedestrians & cyclists
- The City (with BIA/OSEG) should pilot a no-fare zone for transit on Bank Street (from Wellington to Billings Bridge) during 2016
- The City needs to study and recommend how Lansdowne will be connected to Light Rail in 2018
- The City must present significant measures/options NOW to residents living near Lansdowne on how to resolve the serious loss of on-street parking created by day-to-day Lansdowne activities
As for non-traffic matters, respondents would like to see more speciality shops and more trees and plants particularly within the built-out part of the venue. And, based on survey responses, area residents are concerned about noise and visual pollution generated by Lansdowne (e.g. electronic billboards) and are worried about the viability of Bank Street businesses and the Farmers Market.
The results of the survey are available here and they are summarized in this presentation which was delivered in November to representatives from the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. Through 2016 the GCA and OSCA will be pursuing the recommendations arising from the survey results with the City and OSEG.