Tristan Cleveland – Letter Supporting Herring Cove Road Sidewalk Extension

Dear Mayor and Council,

The Spryfield Residents Association has it right: let’s extend the Herring Cove sidewalk now and forget about widening that section of road. Herring Cove Road is the heart of a community, so let’s design it to prioritize the safety and quality of life of the people who live there.

I am impressed by the passion and vision of the Spryfield Residents Association. If Council makes good on this absolutely reasonable request, it could empower volunteers to achieve even more. Spryfield will be a great place if they achieve half of what they believe in.

A staff report has been requested on making the extension. Given the backlog of staff reports, I recommend staff be asked to respond via the Integrated Mobility Plan, so that this extension may be included in the first round of sidewalk construction priorities.

Sincerely,

Tristan Cleveland

Filed under: Herring Cove Sidewalk Extension

Ecology Action Centre – Letter Supporting Herring Cove Road Sidewalk Extension

Dear Mayor and Council,

I am writing in support of the Spryfield Residents Association. This community group is very active in Spryfield and they know what their community needs. A simple sidewalk extension on Herring Cove Road could make Spryfield significantly more accommodating to pedestrians and increase health and safety in the neighbourhood. Sidewalks are the first step in creating Complete Streets that serve multiple modes of transportation and help to bring greater economic activity to an area. I believe this is an entirely reasonable request and will help the Residents Association to achieve many of their other goals.

While a staff report has been requested on the sidewalk extension, it seems that the residents of Spryfield might sooner get what their community needs if the request was prioritized in the Integrated Mobility Plan. Therefore, I encourage you to see this as a feasible option. Herring Cove Road is the heart of Spryfield and should certainly be prioritized as such.

Sincerely,

Jenny Lugar

Jenny Lugar, Sustainable Cities Coordinator

2705 Fern Lane, Halifax, NS, B3K 4L3
tel. 902.454.6199
cell 902.478.1879
ecologyaction.ca

Filed under: Herring Cove Sidewalk Extension

Walk n’ Roll Halifax – Support of Sidewalk Extension along 500 block of Herring Cove Road

Walk 'n' Roll Halifax

#505-85 Spinnaker Drive

Halifax, NS  B3N3E3

January 3, 2016

Re: Support of Sidewalk Extension along 500 block of Herring Cove Road

Walk ‘n Roll Halifax believes in the benefits of walking as a key indicator of healthy and sustainable communities. We see it as a universal right of people to be able to walk safely and to enjoy public spaces everywhere, and for this reason we support the 2017 extension of a sidewalk along both sides of Herring Cove Road to serve the residents on the eastern side of the road from Lynnett Road to 564 Herring Cove Road, and the residents, and commercial and community services on the western side of the road from 505 Herring Cove Road to 581 Herring Cove Road (see attached sketch).

At our December meeting, we agreed with the need for this extension because it provides safe passage for walkers, strollers and wheelchair users from an underprivileged area to access public transportation and local services. Many residents of varying mobilities are already walking along this stretch of road to access public transportation, or simply to get to a nearby shop or service. Provided with a sidewalk, the residents of this area will experience much improvement to their quality of life, increased safety and greater connection to their community.

Among the many community members who access important services at Chebucto Connections, approximately 300 school children walk there each week for Pathways to Education. We strongly believe these children should be provided with a safe way to access this service, literally a pathway to their education!

We understand this sidewalk construction has been requested in the past and may not have been built because of the uncertain future of this section of the Herring Cove Road, i.e. a possible widening or recapitalization. We believe the safety of area residents when walking to transit or local services should give Halifax justification to place this segment of sidewalk infrastructure high on the priority list for the upcoming Capital Budget. This improvement to the area residents’ quality of life should wait no longer.

Thank you,

Bill Campbell,

President, Walk n’ Roll Halifax

Filed under: Herring Cove Sidewalk Extension