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January 2021
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Roads had less traffic this year, but were they safer?
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
 

Since so many people stopped driving this year, were the roads safer than usual? I know idiots were speeding on empty roads during the pandemic, but I’m wondering if accidents and crashes are down. It seems like roads got busier this summer and then were mostly back to normal, but did the spring make a big difference?

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Smart car technology can impede driver performance, U of T study finds
RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL
 

As smart car technology increasingly takes over certain driving tasks, a new Canadian study shows that drivers can be lulled into a false sense of security by automated vehicle technology that is still not advanced enough to handle critical situations without the driver’s input.

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Nuro gets first California OK to charge money for self-driving services
FINANCIAL POST
 

Robotics company Nuro on Wednesday received the first-ever permit to commercially deploy its self-driving vehicles in California, allowing the Silicon Valley firm to charge clients for its driverless delivery service. 

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Three U of T Engineering students recognized for advancing women in transportation
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ENGINEERING NEWS
 

U of T Engineering students Mahia Anhara (Year 3 CivE),  Alaa Itani (CivMin Ph.D. candidate), and Felita Ong (CivMin MASc candidate) have been awarded scholarships by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Toronto area chapter. Joanna Ilunga-Kapinga, who is pursuing a master’s in Planning at U of T, was also the recipient. The scholarships support outstanding female students in the transportation sector.

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Ontario tries to reduce impaired driving
TRUCKNEWS.COM
 

TORONTO, Ont. — Ontario is investing $4.8 million through the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) grant program to help police services across the province keep impaired drivers off the roads. 

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Naming impaired drivers didn't lead to a drop in charges: York police
CBC NEWS
 

One southern Ontario police service that began naming impaired drivers in 2018 stopped the practice after less than a year because it didn't lead to a drop in charges.

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E-Scooter Data Shaping Future of Municipal Transportation
THE FORECAST BY NUTANIX
 

Shared electric e-scooters first appeared in the U.S. in September 2017, on the streets of Santa Monica. By the end of 2018, over 85,000 of the cheap, convenient vehicles were rolling through 100 cities nationwide. 

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China's first fully driverless robotaxis hit the streets of Shenzhen
ENGADGET
 

Fully driverless robotaxis are now a practical reality on Chinese roads. AutoX has become the first company to put a fleet of completely driver-free vehicles on the country’s streets, with the cars now roaming Shenzhen. They’re not yet available to the public, a spokesperson told TechCrunch, but it’s still a significant move.

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Bird’s new e-scooter invention ensures the brakes always work, even when they don’t?
ELECTREK
 

Bird announced today the first-ever autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system for electric scooters. If you’ve ever tried a standing electric scooter, you’ll know they’re not very complicated.

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Highway widening worktops province’s transportation plan for Northern Ontario
ON-SITE MAG
 

Highway widening projects on three key routes through Northern Ontario sit atop the province’s infrastructure priorities for the sparsely populated region.

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Who's to blame when a self-driving car has an accident?
HALIFAX TODAY
 

With self-driving cars gaining traction in today’s automobile landscape, the issue of legal liability in the case of an accident has become more relevant.

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IBI Group Announces Asset Acquisition of Cole Engineering Group Ltd.
STOCK HOUSE
 

Complementary civil engineering expertise expands the geographic reach and client base adds key capabilities in water management and supports the firm’s strategic direction

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Distracted driving biggest threat on the roads: Poll
TORONTO SUN
 

Four out of 10 Canadian drivers feel distracted driving is a greater threat than drunk driving, according to a national survey.

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OTC EVENTS
OTC Calendar of Events
 

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    • January 21, 2021
    • February 18, 2021
    • March 18, 2021
    • April 22, 2021
    • May 20, 2021
    • June 17, 2021
    • July 15, 2021
    • August 12, 2021
    • September 16, 2021
    • October 21, 2021
    • November 18, 2021
    • December 9, 2021
 
MUNICIPAL NEWS
Thunder Bay, Ont., a man named one of Canada's favourite crossing guards
CBC NEWS
 

A Thunder Bay crossing guard's dedication to keeping the children and adults at a south-side school safe has earned him national recognition.

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The share-the-road campaign planned for 2021
THE SARNIA OBSERVER
 

Organizers behind an annual cycling event that’s drawn as many as 1,000 riders are planning a campaign in 2021 to help improve cycling safety.

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The campaign against driving drunk, high or distracted needs teen leaders
OWEN SOUND SUN-TIMES
 

By recruiting teens to talk to other teens, Matt Evans hopes to get young drivers to think twice before driving after drinking or using pot, texting while driving or speeding.

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Newmarket launches online portal for new off-street parking program
NEWMARKET TODAY
 

The Town of Newmarket has launched an off-street overnight parking program to allow residents to park in select municipal lots overnight between the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. with a permit.

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Town of Collingwood's new marketing campaign urges you to 'Get Out'
COLLINGWOOD TODAY
 

The bold project is a way of helping local tourism, hospitality, food and beverage sectors stay strong, says Martin Rydlo.

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Toronto police to relax parking enforcement amid COVID-19 lockdown
TORONTO CTV NEWS
 

TORONTO -- Toronto police are relaxing parking enforcement one again amid a province-wide lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19.

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Recommendations to improve Centre Wellington cycling infrastructure a good sign says, advocate
GUELPH TODAY
 

CENTRE WELLINGTON – A recommendation to use grant funding towards improvements to active transportation infrastructure in Centre Wellington is being welcomed by a cycling advocate.

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More speed cameras coming to Mississauga in 2021
INSAUGA
 

If you're worried about speeding in Mississauga, you might be happy to hear that the city plans to launch the first phase of its automated speed enforcement (ASE or photo radar) plan in April 2021.

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Transit hub could drive the transformation of Allandale area
BARRIE TODAY
 

Connectivity could be the key to the proposed Allandale Transit Mobility Hub.

“I have this kind of vision where it’s the station district,” said Coun. Jim Harris, who represents this part of Barrie. “Maybe we will see more re-development, more retail and some beautification of the area.

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City to update timings for select traffic signal
NORTH BAY NUGGET
 

The City of North Bay is planning to update the timing of a number of traffic signals next week.

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Safety measures recommended for two problematic SDG intersections
CORNWALL STANDARD FREEHOLDER
 

SDG council was presented with various ways in which two intersections deemed dangerous by the administration could be made safer.

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Council considers speed limit reduction in Uxbridge
DURHAM REGION
 

Uxbridge council remains committed to lowering town speeds despite a new report.

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'Certainly has to be done better': Cambridge Coronation Boulevard still on the table for cycling lanes
CAMBRIDGE TIMES
 

The regional council hasn’t given up on cycling connectivity between Preston and Galt via Coronation Boulevard.

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OPP reminds drivers to slow down in Community Safety Zones
ORILLIA MATTERS
 

The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind drivers to slow down and drive safely through Community Safety Zones after receiving several complaints recently of speeders through these areas.  

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Candid cameras coming to Barrie streets? Photo radar takes another step forward
BARRIE TODAY
 

Pilot program including two mobile cameras being recommended by city staff, at an approximate cost of $70,000 to $80,000 annually.

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Kitchener cycling grid is well planned
THE RECORD
 

When people were complaining about the temporary cycling lanes that popped up in this summer and fall, marked by orange and black construction barrels, many of them made an important point.

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Hamilton proposes six new photo radar speed camera locations
THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
 

Hamilton is proposing to squeeze six more photo radar locations into a year-long study of whether automatic speed cameras make local streets safer.

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Light the Night Reaches Cyclists and Pedestrians
NET NEWS LEDGER (NNL)
 

Thunder Bay – LIVING – As the days grow shorter and colder, an annual campaign is underway in support of Thunder Bay’s cyclists and pedestrians.

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Toronto to remove Brimley Road bike lane after driver complaints
TORONTO.COM
 

Brimley Road’s cycling track, installed in July, will be removed as quickly as possible, City of Toronto transportation officials say.

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IMPACT: Road Safety Response Team formed in Cobourg to address traffic concerns
NORTHUMBERLAND NEWS
 

Melissa Brock says she has seen kids and dogs almost get hit along Danforth Road West where speeding is a "huge issue.".

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