Ur­ban sprawl

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

It seems that TDC are fi­nally try­ing to get to grips with ur­ban sprawl in Rich­mond. Rich­mond is spread­ing out­wards, it doesn’t have enough car park­ing spa­ces in cen­tral Rich­mond so car park­ing on side roads is spread­ing. This makes it dif­fi­cult for lo­cal res­i­dents to en­ter and exit their drives and for their visi­tors to park some­where near. We need a change of par­a­digm. Grasp the net­tle and make Rich­mond Bike Friendly. There is far more to en­cour­ag­ing cy­cling than the Nel­son Taste Trail, great though it is. This town has got to en­cour­age its com­mut­ing res­i­dents to get on their bikes. Elec­tric bikes are rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing com­mut­ing, you don’t have to ar­rive all sweaty! Do we want to go on just as we are and just let things get worse or are we go­ing to ac­tively sup­port every­day cy­cling in Rich­mond. You can fit a lot of bikes in one car park space. Busi­nesses should en­cour­age it, as their em­ploy­ees will be fit­ter and health­ier, it’s a win-win call. How about re­duc­ing the speed limit in the whole of cen­tral Rich­mond to 40 kph to make cy­clists feel safer? Come on let’s have some lead­er­ship and vi­sion.

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