Friday, February 25, 2011

City Approves Segregated Stroller Lane For Wellington/Westboro

Ottawa - City council Wednesday approved a pilot project to install a segregated stroller lane along one side of Wellington Street from Parkdale Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue in Westboro.

The two-year pilot project is expected to cost $1.2 million and could be ready to use by this spring.

Council has been discussing the possibility of the segregated stroller lane that would, in theory, make it easier for most gabbing parents with their massive strollers to enjoy their lattes while shopping the trendy stores that line Wellington Street and Richmond Road. The segregated lane will make it safer for non-stroller pedestrians to navigate the area without being run over or injured by the over-sized stroller devices that plague the sidewalks of this popular family oriented area.

"I think it's a great idea." says Wellington Village resident Dave Shindle who suffered a lacerated ankle from a stroller last year. "The strollers will be off the sidewalks and allow us non-baby people to enjoy shopping and getting our lattes without fearing injury or slowdowns trying to get around the slow moving stroller people."

Mayor Watson applauded the new motion to create a segregated stroller lane and city council already has plans to approve a segregated elderly/disabled lane for the Carlingwood area.

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