By RTH Staff
Published March 21, 2014
Jeanette Eby and Matt Thompson, co-presidents of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association, sent the following letter to Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr to reiterate the BNA's support for the Cannon Street Cycle Track, which the General Issues Committee just unanimously approved.
The motion to implement the cycle track must still be approved by Council next week.
Dear Councillor Farr:
We are writing you today on behalf of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association in order to thank you for your support of making Cannon a complete street, a decision on which will go to council shortly.
Some members of council and the community have attempted to postpone this much desired and needed community-building project because of the impression that certain consultations were not held.
Let us be clear that the BNA and residents' groups from across downtown have long expressed our support for making Cannon a complete street that better balances uses by pedestrians, cyclists and transit users and drivers. A bike lane/cycling track is certainly part of this vision.
Please know that the BNA continues to strongly support the proposed improvements to Cannon St. and that we feel that the public engagement led by Yes We Cannon was extensive, robust, and representative of the diverse communities that live in Beasley. The passionate volunteers from YWC took the time to come to our meetings and attend our public events in order to engage with members face-to-face.
In case there is any doubt about how Beasley residents feel about a safer, better Cannon St., please see the attached photo taken at our last summer BBQ. At this event held in Beasley Park, right on Cannon St., Yes We Cannon was able to talk to hundreds of residents who actually LIVE around Cannon St. As you can see, this includes the caretakers of young children who worry about their every time they walk with kids down Cannon's narrow urban highway.
Proactive community members do not wait for citizens to come to them when they want input, as is required by the Public Information Centres model used by the CIty. Our community has already been engaged, so let's get on with making downtown Hamilton a better place to live.
Jeanette Eby and Matt Thompson
Co-Presidents, Beasley Neighbourhood Association
Support for Yes We Cannon in Beasley (Image Credit: Beasley Neighbourhood Association)
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