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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 Public Works 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.

The program sets out a bold vision and a new action plan that is comprehensive and responsive to road safety priorities that will help make the “City of Ottawa the safest traffic environment for all."

Safety Improvement Program

The City's Safety Improvement Program (SIP) touches on all three Es of road safety: education, enforcement and engineering, with primary focus on engineering. The program selects locations to study, carries out in-depth studies of collision patterns and recommends countermeasures. Typically, the program studies locations with higher-than-average traffic collision rates.

The program is carried out on an annual basis, when year-end traffic collision and volume data becomes available. The study takes all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, into consideration. SIP assessments lead to recommended changes to signage, pavement markings, traffic control signal timings and phases and/or the installation of skid-resistant asphalt and roadway geometric modifications. The majority of the implemented recommendations are low-cost, high-return measures that provide operational benefits as well as improved safety.

The collection and analysis of the City's collision data is critical to the success of SIP. Police services forward copies of all collision reports to City staff, who maintain a database of relevant information. The analysis of this information is summarized in an annual Collision Statistics Report.