Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Community speaks out

More than 60 community members attended the Community Speak at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church. The subject of disucssion was "Improving the Lawrence Bridge ."
After a stretch break, nice dinner and presentation from the Bridge Committee this is what you shared with us at the group discussions.

The bolded items below, were put forward by multiple groups

How do you feel about bridge?
  • Happier about it than its predecessor
  • Boring and functional
  • Nice view
  • Not safe enough
  • No shade in summer, too cold in winter
  • More buses should go across
  • Ability issues are hard given narrow sidewalks
  • No snow removal
  • Suicide in fall makes people rush across
  • Fear of area under the bridge because it is isolated and possibly dangerous at night
  • Long, difficult walk
  • Communication between the two sides is difficult
  • People on the Galloway side are not interested in going to the Orton park side
  • Feel unsafe because of speed of traffic
  • Not attractive to pedestrians
  • Path to under the bridge is too steep
  • Convenient for driving – bad for walking

What would you like to see change on the bridge?

  • Safety – traffic barrier to separate pedestrians from road
  • Beauty
  • Visuals
  • Murals
  • Festival
  • Walking groups
  • Security camera
  • Signage
  • Weather guard
  • Better lighting
  • Flower boxes on sidewalk
  • Planters to help slow traffic and make area more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Street festival with lots of colour
  • Information about the path, park and activities under the bridge
  • Stairs to park below
  • Pay phone in middle of bridge
  • Put benches and garbage bins under bridge
  • Park/playground
  • More community activities under bridge
Our Special Thanks to:

St Stephens Presbyterian Church & Bridge Committee & Storefront Volunteers-
Doreen Iman, Ruth Antony, Hazel Trent, Amna Anushan

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