OTC Call for Financial Support: Protected Intersection Guideline & Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for Transportation Guidance

The Ontario Traffic Council is seeking financial support from municipal members with contribution commitments for fourth quarter 2022 or first quarter 2023 for the development of the following projects:

Project 1

Protected Intersection Guideline (Recommended contribution of $5000 or more – plus HST)

Project Start Date: October 2022

Completion Date: March 2023

Procurement: Request for Proposal

Reporting Through: Active Transportation Committee

Contributing Funding: Federal Active Transportation Fund Contribution of $50,000

Overview (Draft):

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the design of protected intersections within Ontario municipalities. This Guide will draw from the best practices in place across Ontario including the City of Ottawa’s recently published Guideline.  The OTC Guideline will align with current legislation, regulations and builds upon pre-existing protected intersection guidance included in various national, provincial, and municipal documents. The Protected Intersection Design Guide provides a design process framework for developing protected intersections, and includes the following:

  • guiding principles to inform priorities for designing protected intersections;
  • identification of design requirements, context, and constraints;
  • descriptions of various protected corner types and the process for selecting the most suitable type to be used on each corner of an intersection;
  • functional design elements that are present at protected corners, explaining the intent, target dimensions, and considerations for each element;
  • detailed design elements, including materials and construction; and,
  • signal and lane arrangement measures that can assist in achieving the benefits of protected intersections

The Guideline will include a focus on accessibility considerations and elements throughout the design process. This includes new guidance on straight path of travel, delineation between cycle tracks and sidewalks, and the provision of directional tactile walking surface indicators (TWSIs) at protected intersections.

Project Scope

Phase 1:

  1. Complete a background review of best practices regarding protected intersection design and summarize key lessons learned based on established practice, both in Canada and internationally.
  2. Identify and document recommended design guidance consistent with Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18: Cycling Facilities
  3. Document the results of the Phase 1 background review in the form of a technical

Memo.

Phase 2:

  1. Develop an outline for the protected intersection guideline
  2. Draft the protected intersection guideline for stakeholder review
  3. Present to OTC members for information and feedback.
  4. Finalize protected intersection guideline
  5. Draft workshop seminar and on-line training material

The Guide will be used by municipal transportation engineers, planners and technologists in planning, design, and construction of protected intersections.

 

Project 2

Accessibility for Ontarians Transportation Review (Recommended contribution of $2500 or more – plus HST)

Project Start Date: October 2022

Project Completion Date: March 2023

Procurement: Call for Letters of Interest

Reporting Through: Traffic Engineering Committee & Transportation Planning Committee

Contributing Funding: Nil

Overview (Draft):

While legislation exists through the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, information pertaining to transportation is a challenge to find. Municipalities are interpreting legislation and available information creating inconsistencies in the application of accessibility design, planning and implementation. This project will review information (including legislation), interpretations and best practices in the planning, design, and implementation of transportation to accommodate accessibility and provide recommendations for the OTC to best communicate these.

Project Scope:

  1. Complete a background review of best practices regarding Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and summarize key information available, lessons learned based on established practice, in Ontario, Canada and internationally.
  2. Identify and document recommended design and planning guidance consistent with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and other guidance documents
  3. Document the results of the review in the form of a technical Memo.
  4. Provide resources for an on-line OTC portal for AODA Guidance for Transportation

The resource will be used by municipal transportation engineers, planners, technologists and maintenance staff in planning, design, and implementation of accessible transportation.

Recommended minimum financial contributions outlined allow municipal representation on the project steering committee. Industry suppliers/vendors, consultants and industry specialists may be invited to participate in a project for subject matter expertise and peer review at the discretion of the steering committee.

 

Please contact Geoff Wilkinson, Executive Director at geoff@otc.org before September 30, 2022, with a letter or email outlining your financial contribution for any or each of these projects. Lesser financial contributions are welcome and appreciated without Steering Committee representation. Please note that the OTC retains a 15% project management fee on these special projects

 

CONGRATULATIONS HONOURARY MEMBER AWARD WINNER, ROGER DE GANNES

 

CONGRATULATIONS LIFETIME HONOURARY MEMBER AWARD RECIPIENT, JEFFREY SMART

 

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – OTC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Are you a multi-modal transportation leader or aspiring leader looking to contribute to the industry as part of a passionate, committed, strategic and engaged Ontario Traffic Council Board of Directors?


There are five (5) Director positions to be filled for 2022/2023. Of these, there are four existing Director terms which have expired and are up for renewal/election with (one of those Directors not standing for election) and one Director position available because of a resignation.

 

Nominations for these Director positions are open to OTC members, preferably with several years experience as an OTC member, with knowledge and experience in multi-modal transportation positions as an engineer, planner, technologist, supplier/industry subject matter expert, road safety or law enforcement professional. Should you wish to put forward a nomination (self or third party accepted by the nominee), please do so before noon Wednesday, September 14, 2022, with a summary bio and a headshot picture (for the AGM nomination / election list) to the attention of Geoff Wilkinson, Executive Director, at geoff@otc.org.

 

Nominees will be presented to members in advance of the Tuesday, September 20th Annual General Meeting and are invited to attend the President’s Reception at the OTC Conference the evening of Sunday September 18th at the Georgian Bay Hotel and Conference Centre. Nominees will be presented to the member participants at the Annual General Meeting for election by membership vote (in-person and virtual).

Crossing guard shortage leaves area city’s intersections unstaffed

students gear up to head back to school next week, the City of Woodstock will temporarily not staff three locations with crossing guards because it doesn’t have enough of them.

As students gear up to head back to school next week, the City of Woodstock will temporarily not staff three locations with crossing guards because it doesn’t have enough of them.

“Ultimately, it’s a staffing issue. It’s not just limited to the crossing guards. We’ve had staffing issues in general, across the board with other jobs as well,” said Sunayana Katikapalli, the city’s deputy clerk.

She said a high turnover for crossing guards is expected, with the city continually looking for more workers. “The problem now is that we have a lot of guards leaving the program but not enough supply to fill those positions again,” she said.

 

Crossing guards typically work three to four shifts each day, depending on their assigned school. The job starts at $16.85 an hour and climbs to $17.37 within six months of working, Katikapalli said, noting the pay was recently bumped up from previous years.

 

Woodstock requires 17 full-time crossing guards and four to six on-call workers. “We’re currently short four permanent guards, and we need more reliable on-call guards,” Katikapalli said.

City officials cited the labour market, retirements of former crossing guards and growing demand for the service as factors contributing to the shortage.

 

“With the current demographic, many (crossing guards) are looking to step away from it entirely and enjoy their retirement in a different way, or they have health concerns, or their partners have health concerns. A lot of them are stepping back, and it happened so suddenly that we have to be able to plan for it,” Katikapalli said.

 

Ontario municipalities — as opposed to school boards — are responsible for hiring crossing guards.

 

It’s a task that has become more challenging after two years of pandemic, said Geoff Wilkinson, executive director of Ontario Traffic Council that provides traffic and safety guidance for the service.

“At least in certain municipalities, they have a challenge especially with regards to school closures because of COVID. So that really impacted a crossing guard’s role,” said Wilkinson, adding crossing guards couldn’t work when classes shifted online.

 

He said the bulk of crossing guards are retirees or stay-at-home parents.

 

Wilkinson believes municipalities looking to hire should focus on promoting the positions and finding the right people for the role. “So people interested in their community, that are looking to give back, that are helping . . . and people that love kids,” he said.

 

In Woodstock, staff are recruiting while they also develop resources, including maps displaying alternative routes and videos on how to cross the street safely, to share with schools in the fall. They also plan to conduct a review of all crossing guard locations to determine which locations will need to receive priority staffing, Katikapalli said.

Meantime, city officials remind motorists to exercise caution when driving through school zones.

 

“Look around everywhere. Don’t speed, of course. Just be mindful that this is a place where children are expected to be crossing,” Katikapalli said.

Reposted from: https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/shortage-of-crossing-guards-means-three-locations-unstaffed-in-woodstock