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:
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
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.
- 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.
- Identify and document recommended design guidance consistent with Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18: Cycling Facilities
- Document the results of the Phase 1 background review in the form of a technical
- Develop an outline for the protected intersection guideline
- Draft the protected intersection guideline for stakeholder review
- Present to OTC members for information and feedback.
- Finalize protected intersection guideline
- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
- Identify and document recommended design and planning guidance consistent with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and other guidance documents
- Document the results of the review in the form of a technical Memo.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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