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Help track bird collisions at bus shelters and LRT stations

(Theme 3 – Design, Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Safe Wings Ottawa and OC Transpo

Project Start Date: July 2020


Safe Wings Ottawa is pleased to be collaborating with OC Transpo and the City of Ottawa on a pilot project to reduce birds colliding with glass bus shelters.

Three shelters in different parts of the city now sport a bird-friendly dot pattern, and Safe Wings is collecting data at these and other shelters to support the case for making all transit structures, including LRT stations, safer for birds.

Signage in each of the three shelters explains what the dots are for and how they prevent bird collisions, and provides instructions on reporting collisions to Safe Wings.

OC Transpo is using this pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of bird-friendly patterns on glass transit structures, and to ensure that the dot pattern does not present any issues for visually impaired clients. Ultimately, Safe Wings hopes Ottawa will follow the example of public transit systems in other cities such as San Francisco and Minneapolis, by incorporating permanently etched, printed or ceramic frit patterns into all new and replacement transit structures.

As part of this pilot project, Safe Wings Ottawa is gathering data on bird collisions at transit structures.

Safe Wings has offered to provide input into the development of the Stage 2 LRT stations to ensure that they are built with bird-friendly design and landscaping.


Please contact Deborah Doherty at deb@safewings.ca if you are willing to monitor one or more shelters or stations.

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Project entered on: November 12, 2020 at 10:48 am

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