The Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee (OSTC) works to
- Improve the transportation options for older adults and persons with disabilities in urban, suburban and rural Ottawa
- Offer education about the transportation challenges and options for older adults and persons with disabilities
- Supporting community groups to audit neighbourhood walkability and pedestrian safety
- Addressing gaps in Rural Transportation
- Advocating for changes in OC/Para Transpo services that support seniors and persons with disabilities
- Advocating for changes in hospital parking that increase accessibility & affordability
- Supporting the Gotta Go Campaign to ensure access to washrooms in public spaces
- Reaching seniors with information about options
In the winter of 2019, the Age-Friendly Pedestrian Safety and Walkability Committee launched the Snow Mole project—a winter walkability audit program that encourages seniors and other residents to report on winter walking conditions. This report contains a description of the project and its implementation and promotion, a summary of the collected data and an analysis of common trends. It discusses what we learned and provides a list of recommendations to the City and others for improving winter walkability in Ottawa.
Concerned about winter walking? Be a Snow Mole
We are looking for volunteers to report on what it is like to walk outside on a winter day. We will use the information to inform the City and others of ways that winter walking can and should be improved.
It is easy to be a snow mole!
1. Pick a day and a destination (e.g. bus stop, library, seniors centre, store, bank, school.
2. Use the snow mole questionnaire to audit your walk.
3. Fill in the questionnaire online or mail/drop off a completed paper copy at our office.
Tips for Winter Walking
There is nothing like taking a walk to enjoy the beauty of the season – and walking is one of the best ways to keep healthy. On the other hand, winter can be a challenging time of year to get out an about. Here are some tips for safer walking outdoors in winter.
- Pedestrian Safety and Walkability – audits in areas within the city and advocates for changes to make walking safer for seniors and people with disabilities or mobility issues
- Older Drivers – provides information about safe driving for seniors through brochures, information sessions and education
- Rural Transportation – identifies innovative approaches to respond to rural seniors’ transportation needs
- Community Transportation Information Events – plans, promotes, organizes and participates in events to raise awareness of seniors’ transportation choices & challenges
- Chaired by the COA
- Canadian Cancer Society (Ottawa Unit)
- Champlain Dementia Network
- City of Ottawa: OC Transpo & Para Transpo; Ottawa Public Health, Strategic Community Initiatives, Safer Roads Ottawa
- Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
- Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
- HelpAge Canada
- MS Society of Canada, Ottawa Chapter
- Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
- Jewish Family Services
- Champlain Community Support Network; Champlain Community Transportation Collaborative
- Seniors and interested members from the community representing rural and urban Ottawa
- South–East Ottawa Community Health Centre
- Stroke Survivors Association of Ottawa
- Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
- Walk Ottawa
- Unitarian House