Safer side­walks for Ward 3

Cas­tro Liu Rich­mond Hill Ward 3 Coun­cil­lor

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS -

The Town of Rich­mond Hill has pledged to im­prove the over­all safety of pedes­tri­ans by pro­vid­ing safe and con­tin­u­ous side­walks for the com­mu­nity.

As pre­sented in the 2017 draft cap­i­tal bud­get, by pro­vid­ing a more suit­able con­tin­u­ous side­walk for pedes­tri­ans, we can increase the num­ber of trips made by foot, bike and other tran­sit.

New side­walk pro­jects in Ward 3 in­clude Berg­amot Cres­cent, with ap­prox­i­mately 175 me­tres of new side­walk; Gar­net Street, with ap­prox­i­mately 176 me­tres of new side­walk from Farm­stead Road to Libra Av­enue; and Cas­san­dra Cres­cent, where a new side­walk will cre­ate a link to Les­lie Street.

I am happy to see that there are more res­i­dents favour­ing walk­ing as one of their meth­ods of trans­porta­tion, as we strive to­ward a more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly town. Sev­eral side­walks have been com­pleted dur­ing 2016: the side­walks on El­gin Mills, be­tween 404 and Les­lie, and the side­walks on Les­lie from El­gin Mills lead­ing to Rich­mond Green High School.

Pro­vid­ing safer side­walks, par­tic­u­larly when ac­cess­ing pub­lic tran­sit, in ar­eas with mixed land uses or with fa­cil­i­ties serv­ing younger or older res­i­dents can increase trans­porta­tion op­tions for in­di­vid­u­als who may not be able to ac­cess a ve­hi­cle.

Ad­di­tion­ally, we can increase the safety by mov­ing pedes­tri­ans off or fur­ther away from the mo­tor ve­hi­cle road­way.

The ap­proval of the city for the de­sign of the new side­walks will likely take up to one year, with con­struc­tion to be­gin the fol­low­ing year.

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