Here’s a quick update via our public consultation team, about the first Sapperton/United Boulevard workshop, held on Saturday, March 12, 2011.
More than 60 people attended, including many residents from the Sapperton area. As we talked about before, Gary Andrishak from IBI Group facilitated the session and started it off with a brief presentation (see the presentation here).
People then separated into small groups to discuss their community values and transportation concerns. (The groups were kept small to give everyone a chance to have a say!) They rolled up their sleeves and got down to business, describing on maps the things that mean the most to them in their communities, and what they would like to see fixed.
Here’s a summary of the key things we heard (full details are in the meeting minutes, which
will be available soon are available here):
- A sense of community pride and livability
- Emphasis on connectivity, walkability, cycle-friendliness and crossings over Brunette
- Need for river trails and traffic calming were expressed time after time
- Need to reduce air pollution, congestion, noise, rat running and other issues associated with traffic.
We also heard questions about why the United Boulevard Extension is needed in the first place.
And from the feedback, most people rated the session pretty high and that is very important for working together through this process.
In preparation for the next workshop on Wednesday March 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at the Pensioners Hall, participants were asked to get out and take a walk around your community—you can do this too, even if you didn’t attend the first workshop!
You can submit your pictures and ideas via Flickr (flickr.com/groups/Sapperton2011), showing what you think should be done to address the transportation issues in your community, or simply bring your ideas along to the meeting on Wednesday, and we’ll help to display them.
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday to take part in the first workshop!