“In the bigger picture, getting there and back isn’t the issue. Enjoying yourself at the festival is.”
Rod Phillips, Ottawa Citizen on the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival this weekend.
The most important priority for festival-goers is getting home and back safely from the EY Centre.
This is vital because the show’s new location this year is not served as well by public transit as its previous site at the downtown Shaw Centre. That said, 175 taxis are waiting there to take patrons home. And people can leave their cars in the parking lot at the centre for free overnight.
Still because of the car-oriented nature of the location, the fear of inebriated festival-goers behind the wheel is real.
Safe to say that if one gets in an accident on the way home, enjoying the festival might not be foremost in the driver’s mind.
The Ottawa Police Service should set up RIDE sites near the show to keep the public safe from unwise drivers.
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