Here’s the thing… people were consulted.
James Schofield

Well, here’s the thing… most people including myself don’t feel that they were consulted. I didn’t get a letter. I didn’t know there were public meetings. One would think that an important and disruptive proposal such as the New St Road Diet would have been shouted from the rooftops concerning when and where the meetings were to be held. According to the Post which you refer to, it was the good mayor who brought up this idea quite some time after the street rehabilitation project was approved. “A few Burlington councillors were surprised after the mayor used a report on a $10-million tender for street rehabilitation in the New Street-Drury Lane area as an opportunity to re-explore options for bike lanes… While the tender was the topic of a report on Feb. 17 , the Development and Infrastructure Committee instead spent almost 45 minute discussing cycling lanes.”

“A $10-million tender for road rehabilitation that includes eight segments in the area of New Street and Drury Lane started Monday. Sections from Martha Street to Cumberland Avenue will be completed between now until June 2017. “I think it’s critical for us to get an answer to this stretch of New Street,” Vito Tolone told councillors. As part of the current tender, on-road bike lanes were to be painted on the north side, and sharrows on the south side of New Street. However, when the item came to committee last month, Mayor Rick Goldring asked staff to bring back bike lane options for the 2.4 kilometre stretch of New Street… However, city manager James Ridge said, “the tendered option is the recommended option of staff.” A slim 51 per cent of the 96 residents who provided feedback to the city also favoured completing the work as planned, with no new cycling infrastructure.”

A whole 96 residents provided feedback! That’s your clue that this project was not communicated well in the least.

However, I am encouraged that since you have absolutely nothing to say in response to my many other points, that you agree with me. Progress is good!

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