Comment 98729

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 20, 2014 at 17:40:41

... and there was no need for public consultation, a four-hour by Council meeting and a huge multi-year community campaign to justify spending $4 million on re-building 1.5 km long Beckett Drive.

It just happened because the City staff recommended it and council quietly ratified it. What about maintenance? What about the cost! Maybe we shouldn't plow it in the winter to save money (people can just drive their cars in the summer if they want somewhere to drive ... I've heard winter driving is pretty unpleasant and terrible for cars)? Could we have got away with narrower lanes? Maybe we could have a special toll to recoup costs from motorists?

AND they managed to spend $4 million to rebuild and widen the road while avoiding providing any improved facilities for pedestrians or cyclists, like, say sidewalks or a cycle lane. The extra space was dedicated to a buffer zone in the middle of the road, presumably to make it safer for motorists to drive fast.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-03-20 17:46:15

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