Friday, July 30, 2010

petition to save the rail trail!

In case you haven't heard, there is opposition to the planned multi-use path from the Kirkendall area, around the Chedoke Golf Course, across the 403, and out towards the Brantford rail trail. (crossing the 403 without traffic! Imagine how important being able to do that would be for promoting cycling!)

Some of the people who own property adjacent to the Golf Course, that the new trail would be beside, are opposed to the planned path. Those of us who support the trail can do so with the following online petition:

We'll be able to bring the names from the petition with us as support at the Niagara Escarpment Commission hearing, where the opponents are appealing the NEC's approval of the plan.

Please take the time to add your name and let others know about it. If the NEC is even willing to delay the trail as a result of the appeal (even if they eventually uphold their decision to approve it ) this would increase the likelihood of it not being constructed this year. And with an election in October, there is no guarantee that the next city council won't reverse its decision to build it next year. This is one where it just might make a difference to sign a petition, and it only takes a small amount of time.

Thanks so much,


Saturday, July 24, 2010

the buck stops here

Locke Street gets paid street parking with a two hour limit.

City council previously voted to bring parking rates up to $1 per hour across the city and install paid parking on Locke Street, and in Stoney Creek (King Street), Ancaster (Wilson Street) and Waterdown (Dundas Street). The provincial average for street parking is $1.46/hour. [report to council]

Paid street parking is expected to bring in an extra $1.45 million each year, and will contribute to higher turnover in curbside parking which will benefit businesses, as well as encourage some people to shift to walking, cycling or transit. [more on parking meters here]

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