What we Heard document released

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Visual overview of what we heard regarding user friendly features

The ‘What We Heard’ (WWH) document summarizing feedback from the Kelly’s Brook Shared-Use Path public engagement process is now available.

From December 2020 through February 2021, residents and stakeholder groups were invited to share their perspectives, ideas, and concerns about Kelly’s Brook Shared-Use Path through several engagement activities, including a focus group, virtual information sessions, meetings with advisory committees, mapping and idea tools on engagestjohns.ca, an online survey, and a meeting with Empire Avenue residents on the proposed road alignment portion of the path. Feedback on shared use and input to inform design decisions around elements such as lighting, surface materials, path alignment, trailhead and rest areas, wayfinding, and other features were collected throughout the process.

During the engagement process there were 3,440 unique visits to the this project page, 822 responses to the online survey, 346 visitors to the interactive pathway map, and 89 attendees in total at the virtual information sessions.

A few key themes emerged from the public consultation process including:

  • Accessibility and inclusivity considerations
  • Shared use and the safety for all users is imperative
  • The importance of safety in lighting, design, sight lines and intersections
  • Preserving nature and natural aspects of the trail
  • Preferred routes for pathway alignments
  • Usability, durability, and environmental considerations
  • Pathway surface material concerns including a focus on accessibility, traction, safety when freezing, maintenance, year-round use and comfort under foot

The WWH is being presented to Council along with surface material considerations at Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, March 24. Check out the full agenda for the meeting here.

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