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Safer Roads Ottawa Program

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment. 

Also participating in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sureté du Québec, Department of National Defence’s Military Police and Gatineau Police Service to improve road safety for all residents of the national capital region.

2020 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)

 Table 1 - 2020 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)

View the PDF 2020 STEP theme


Theme #1

Theme #2


Follow too Close

Stop Sign Violation


Unsafe Lane Changes

Red Light Running


School Bus / School Zone Safety

Impaired Driving


Unsafe Vehicles and Heavy Trucks

Cycling Safety


Motorcycle Safety

Pedestrian Safety



Construction Zones


Cycling Safety

Distracted Driving


Pedestrian Safety



School Bus / School Zone

Vehicle Occupant Restraints
(includes child car seats)


Distracted Driving



Red Light Running

Stop Sign Violations


Impaired Driving

Unsafe Lane Changes

Ottawa's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) is implemented under the banner of Safer Roads Ottawa. Each month, two traffic safety priorities (themes) are highlighted for additional enforcement. An analysis of the City's traffic collision / injury data helps to determine the level of emphasis that each traffic safety priority receives. The severity of the issue will dictate if some themes receive additional months of enforcement.

Background information

In terms of timing of specific themes, consideration is given to the following:

  • Annual national / provincial campaigns
  • Seasonal road safety topics (e.g.. impaired driving in December and school bus / school zone traffic safety in September and March)
  • Dates of Safer Roads Ottawa campaigns and initiatives

A media release announcing the upcoming month's traffic safety priorities will be distributed prior to the beginning of each month. This release will contain relevant traffic collision/injury data justify the focus on the following month's traffic safety priorities. The results of the previous month's initiatives will be released to the community and will include a summary of the charges laid relating to the traffic safety priorities.

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Volunteer with Pathway Patrol


Pathway Patrol was established in 1997 to provide information, improve safety and courtesy, and promote healthy living on Ottawa’s recreational pathways. Pathway Patrol is a City of Ottawa volunteer program working in partnership with the National Capital Commission. We are the “eyes on the path”.

Pathway patrol volunteers

Are you a cyclist? Walker? Runner? Inline skater? Do you enjoy using any of the pathways around your neighbourhood?

Join the Pathway Patrol Volunteers!

Pathway patrollers:

  • Greet pathway users
  • Provide assistance to pathway users
  • Remind users of pathway courtesy and regulations
  • Provide information about the pathway system
  • Promote safety and active living
  • Promote helmet use
  • Monitor pathways use and patrol activities
  • Report obstacles and hazards

Patroller requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Complete Police Record Check
  • Complete Pathway Patrol training session
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
  • Cyclists and in-line skaters must wear helmet
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 6 hours of patrolling per month
  • Must provide cell phone
  • Wear the Pathway Patrol Jersey while on patrol
  • Patrols must be with a minimum of 2 people

First AID and CPR training

All Pathway Patrol volunteers must hold a valid Standard First Aid and CPR level C certification.  

Volunteer and get free Training!

Sign-up for Pathway Patrol today:

Email us:

Online application

Call us at: 613-580-2424 ext. 28064

Community Tool Kit

Want to increase road safety in your community?

To achieve our goal of zero fatalities and injuries on Ottawa’s streets we need your support. Invite Safer Roads Ottawa to your next community association or gathering. From discussing traffic calming measures, increased enforcement or organizing a bike rodeo Safer Roads Ottawa can offer your community a variety of tools to make you neighbourhood safer.

The following videos are examples of community initiatives Safer Roads Ottawa have been a part of:

Alta Vista Ward Safe Streets video
Bay Ward Slowdown Campaign (video)
Distracted Driving Video from Drop It and Drive
Toe Tag 

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Children participating in a bike rodeo