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(Updated 10:30 a.m., June 9)
Viseneau accident calls city’s inaction into question

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

In 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.

Pat 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.

“There’s been at least a half dozen cars that have ended up on someone’s front lawn because they’ve been going too fast and couldn’t make the corner,” says Teolis who has led the fight for traffic calming measures on the street.

The 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.

It 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.

He first wrote to Mayor Jim Watson about his concerns in December 2014.

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.

“As 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.

“Should 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’.”

It is a question that many people are now asking in the aftermath of last week’s accident.

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