Back in 1995, I resided in a community near a beautiful park that we frequented. As I walked to the park often, I started to notice an increased use of our quiet residential street that was being used as a “through street” for traffic. Vehicles were speeding through our residential street and of course, as I was planning to be a mother soon, I became concerned with safety issues.
I created an initiative for change. I recall starting a petition and going door to door, speaking to every single resident on this street asking for their support. Surprisingly, when you are passionate enough about something, its amazing how people come together to support a necessary cause for change.
My initiative and petition was reviewed by the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Burnaby back in 1995 and recommendations were put into place.
It was an extensive investigation by the City of Burnaby. I am humbled in looking back and reminiscing about my initiative for change, all of which was eventually agreed upon, voted on and implemented by the City of Burnaby.
The Recommendations were:
1. THAT a copy of this report and information regarding the Engineering’s Department Speed Hump Program be forwarded to Ms. Priscilla A. Cicek of 7605 – 16th Avenue, Burnaby, BC V3N 1P5
2. THAT Council request that the R.C.M.P. traffic section enforce the speed limit in the park/playground zone on 16th Avenue, and that larger signs be installed on 16th Avenue
3. THAT Council direct staff to schedule the commencement of a Community Transportation Plan for the area bounded by Canada Way, Edmonds Avenue, Kingsway, and 10th Avenue, as shown in Figure 1 in late 1995 / early 1996.
The message here is that if change is necessary, it can truly be effected if enough people come together, work together, and initiate it. One person can’t do it alone and this was a great experience as a young woman to see so many residents support this initiative and we all succeeded together.
Here is the link for anyone interested in initiating change in your own communities if speed and traffic is frequenting your residential neighborhoods and safety is at issue.
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