Community Workshop at Rossbrook House -- meaningful public input
CPR Yards Crossing Study
Arlington Bridge Solutions
A Community Travel-Around Bus Tour and Workshop was hosted by Rossbrook House for the CPR Yards Crossing Study on December 4th. Over 40 participants worked together in small groups marking-up large maps with travel patterns and key destinations in their neighbourhoods. Next, participants identified strengths and qualities of surrounding neighbourhoods and provided ideas and suggestions for how the CPR Yards Crossing can contribute to and benefit the community. After the tour and workshop, 91% of attendees who filled out a questionnaire were positive about the event. This is what we heard:
Feedback themes related to community strengths (in order of how often mentioned):
- Community life and amenities (community centre, community gardens, character and heritage homes);
- Culture/heritage (cultural diversity and history);
- Entertainment and restaurants (affordable and diverse restaurants, casino, pubs, summer fair at the Old Ex grounds);
- Businesses (grocery stores and ethnic shops);
- Housing (affordable and diverse);
- City services (proximity to firehouse, hospital and EMS).
One aspect of the community mentioned by some as a drawback is the lack of access and connection between the north and south sides of the CPR yards.
Participants were also asked to identify how the CPR Crossing might strengthen the community. Feedback themes included:
- Crossing concepts and infrastructure improvements (reduce congestion, accommodate growth, reconstruct nearby streets, neighbourhood development, remove barrier between the north and south communities, incorporate skateboarding);
- Active transportation and pedestrian accommodation (separate active transportation crossing, faster connection to HSC, accessibility, separated bike bath, intersection improvements for pedestrians);
- Transit Services (service improvement at crossing, greater public accessibility);
- Landscaping (bridge aesthetics, buffer zone around rail yard, green space);
- Budget (stay on budget);
- Safety (well-lit, and designed for safe transportation).
Additionally, participants were asked to identify the most commonly used travel routes for different modes of transportation (including walking, cycling, driving and potential routes for cycling) as well as community destinations and gathering places. The findings are available on a pdf map.