Safer sidewalks for Ward 3
Castro Liu Richmond Hill Ward 3 Councillor
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.