Last night at the Evinrude Centre was the third and last Public Involvement Centre (PICs) meeting. The City of Peterborough showed Morrison Hershfield's recommended Road Network plan, Cycling Network plan and Pedestrian Network plan.
The new Masterplan is an update to the 2002 Transport Plan to address Peterborough's population growth and traffic concerns.
Studies have shown that streets with no sidewalks have 2.6 times more pedestrian collisions, so the new plan calls for sidewalks on both sides of all new and existing streets.
Work is already underway as well on both the Hospital Access Road extension and to widen the West end of Lansdowne, but there is plenty of other planned—and suggested—roadwork to come. Indeed, $14 million is budgeted to improve the Nassau Mills Bridge over the Otonabee River, widen Nassau Mills from Water to Armour, make improvements to Chemong/Reid, the Charlotte Westbound Parking lane conversion, and to widen Eastbound Sherbrooke.
As we previously reported, many residents of Fairbairn Ave were very interested in the City's Medium term plans to build a two lane road from Fairbairn to Cumberland. Some consider it the City trying to still put through the Parkway Extension.
[Related: For coverage of the proposed changes to Peterborough's Trail Network as part of the Peterborough Network Cycling plan, head to TrailSwag, a blog about outdoors news in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.]
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]
There were more than 40 people in attendance Monday night as Peterborough's James Burrett introduced us to the continued work by the City of Peterborough on moving traffic through our city. The main issue that keeps creeping up every ten years or so, he pointed out, is the intended Parkway route. Recently, City council endorsed a $52.3M roads plan that included a two lane road as part of the Northern Parkway extension route. James was heavily involved with the Parkway Referendum and believes this:
"There is more to a community than just how much time it takes to get from Point A to Point B."
Derrick Foley has volunteered to help with public awareness and says that there will need to be 5,000 to 10,000 signatures to make City Hall recognize the issue. What was odd, it was pointed out, was that so much money was going towards this extension route and yet not one of the ten highest accident intersections are being improved. As was pointed out:
"What is $52 million dollars going to solve when we don't really need this? We are a very green community. Tell your councillors that this makes no sense."
The City of Peterborough and Morrison Hershfield invite you to the third and last Public Involvement Centre (PICs) being held June 28th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Evinrude Centre to seek input on the following:
- Phasing of the previously recommended Road Network Improvements.
- Trail/cycling network improvements.
- Key policy initiatives to support transit, active transportation and transportation demand management.
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]
At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Irish Week was officially declared at City Hall prior to the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Mayor Daryl Bennett (see pic at left) and Colleen Allen, President of the Peterborough Irish Club, said a few welcoming words before the Irish flag was raised for the week, followed by the Irish anthem sung both in Gaelic and English.
The Peterborough Irish Club was founded in 1975 and has grown since the homecoming that year, which celebrated the 150th year since the Irish settlers arrived in the city and area. Currently, the club stands at more than 200 members in the community.
This Thursday (March 17th) starting at 6 p.m., the club will host Irish festivities at their annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations held at the Evinrude Centre (911 Monaghan Road). Tickets are $15 at the door. It will be a pub-style atmosphere with live music and large screen video performances by international Irish artists.
Don't forget to wear green!!
[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]
Looking for something to do in Peterborough this weekend?
21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (4 p.m. to 9 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre
21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre
21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre
Looking for a quick bite between each event? Try the new hotspot El Camino's on George Street!
This weekend, I had the honour and privilege to be a part of the Gala celebrations held at the Evinrude Centre for all the participants of the International Dragon Boat Festival being held in Peterborough. I was a volunteer at the event, and never have I been so moved by the courage and strength that stood in one room.
These ladies, and men too, were absolutely remarkable as they made memories with their "sisters". This was the 3rd International Dragon Boat Festival, but the first time a Gala event such as the one I was at has taken place.
This evening was truly special to these paddlers, and I was filled with emotion as breast cancer survivors approached me to hug me and thank me for my contribution to making the evening a reality—and also to tell me how hospitable and welcoming Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, has been to them, and how wonderful our city is. I very much agree.
I hope you all, at some point over the weekend, had a chance to take in the energy that surrounded Little Lake over those three days.
—Julie Morris, PtboCanada contributor
[All photos by PtboCanada Creative Director Evan Holt]