In the middle of February I hosted a Ward 4 Pedestrian Safety Town Hall meeting. This meeting was held to collaborate with residents and City of Calgary staff in order to see what can be done to improve overall Ward 4 pedestrian safety.
The meeting was well attended, and I want to thank City representatives who spoke about the Safer Mobility Plan, Pedestrian Strategy, the new Green Line, and the Calgary Police Service Traffic Unit. Each spoke on what impact their projects will have on Ward 4 residents and pedestrian safety.
The evening was a great success and a great opportunity to disseminate and collect information. The feedback we received was greatly appreciated and will be summarized and shared with all relevant City of Calgary business units. From this it is hoped that common safety themes can be identified and we can then work toward permanent solutions. This type of collaborative work leads to meaningful changes on our streets.
Ward 4 is the most transit orientated area in the City and, unfortunately, with that comes higher rates of pedestrian incidents. In order to address this important fact we must work together to mitigate the risks as much as possible. My goal over the next year will be to take the information that was collected at the Pedestrian Safety meeting and use it to make Ward 4 a safer place to live, work and commute.
I also want to take this opportunity to let Ward 4 residents know that with the proposed LRT Green Line, Centre Street will undergo significant modifications. This means important alterations in how pedestrian and traffic moves around Ward 4. While this is occurring I will work hard to keep you informed and ensure the City incorporates your input into the changes.