Sidewalk Strategic Plan Meeting November 21

Recognizing the value of a walkable community and the essential role that sidewalks play, the City of Peterborough policy is to provide sidewalks on both sides of all streets. Some streets were developed prior to this policy being in place and as a result, there are no sidewalks on many streets. Every year, new sidewalks are installed in locations where there was no sidewalk previously. In order to provide these new sidewalks where they are most needed, the city developed a Sidewalk Strategic Plan in 2008. The Sidewalk Strategic Plan ranks all missing sidewalks in the city according to a set of criteria to determine which sidewalks are the most important to provide. The criteria are comprehensive and examples include the type of street, how many students are designated walkers in that area, proximity to high density housing and whether it is on a transit route. The focus for provision of new sidewalks is on ones that are a Priority 1 or 2. The Plan only addresses locations where new sidewalks should be provided, not where sidewalks need repair. At this meeting, information will be provided about the purpose of the Sidewalk Strategic Plan, the criteria used to rate sidewalks and the revised sidewalk ratings. The technical aspects of the update have been completed and public input is requested to ensure that the criteria used to rate the sidewalks reflect community values and that missing sidewalks are rated appropriately within the Plan.  The public meeting is scheduled for: Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., presentation at 5:00 p.m. Location: Simcoe Street Transit Terminal, 190 Simcoe Street, Peterborough