City is on the right track

Government is not out to get us, citizens shouldn't be so threatened by change

While I applaud anyone who takes the time to learn about what’s going on in our city, it’s unfortunate that some only do so because they think the government is out to get them.

The people working at city hall have gone above and beyond the call of duty to listen to us and find out how we want our community to grow.

They’ve asked parents and teachers why kids don’t feel safe walking to school and now Harwood Elementary has a great street I would love to live on – beautiful trees, wide sidewalks and slow traffic.

I don’t understand why people are so threatened by change. Cars can still drive down narrower streets; people can park where they’re supposed to, on their property. And now people can also feel safer walking and biking alongside cars on those streets.

These smarter street designs have been done in many other places with great success – these are the lively streets with lots of people around, which is good for business.

I do think it’s important to hear from the people and businesses affected by changes, and the city has done a great job listening.

The city didn’t pick areas randomly – they heard where people said they don’t feel safe and are focusing on making those streets better.

City staff have taken the time to research the best ways to balance the needs of cars, bikes and walkers.

I go to a doctor when I’m sick, so I’ll listen to a transportation planner who has worked hard to learn how to make our streets safer.

 

J. Smith, Vernon

 

 

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