Comment 109559

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted February 23, 2015 at 10:43:44 in reply to Comment 109540

That's an important point. At the Council meeting on the bus lane alone, pro-bus lane letters out-numbered anti-bus lane letters by over 3:1 according to the Mayor.

Ward 2 has about 35,000 residents. I'm sure there are some people who don't support complete streets and transit, but in my experience of 15 years being a member of the DNA and attend their meetings (7 as a member of the board) they are in a tiny minority.

If, for example Mr Whitehead received 150 emails supporting complete streets and 5 opposed which complained about feeling drowned out, what does that say? Simply quoting the 5 emails that support your view without revealing that the vast majority do not would be highly misleading. Don't forget that the candidate who won the Ward 2 seat campaigned explicitly on strong support for complete streets!

I'm sure that if your views are in a small minority, it might be intimidating but you might also try to understand why almost all your neighbours and your neighbourhood association have been so consistent in supporting things like complete streets and two-way conversions (over many decades). And the fact that the fight has been so difficult, despite deep community support, might explain why some people become slightly strident!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-02-23 10:45:53

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