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Parking and bike lanes

by Peggy Walt,
HI - just came from the session at Dalhousie, and expressed my views on the proposed bike lane pilot project. I'm not for it. I live on Edward Street, and we have 4,000 attending the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium this week (3 sold out Video Games shows, 1 sold out Jill Barber show with Symphony NS). And that's just this week's parking madness! To have more than 40 existing parking spots sitting there empty and idle all winter (especially in a winter like this), favours the few over the greater good needs of the many. The bike lanes will only be used for a few short months of the year. The existing bike parking spots sit now covered with snow and every single parking spots on University Avenue and our streets in the surrounding neighbourhood are packed all day and all night until the parking ban comes on at 1:00 a.m.Please reconsider this ill-advised and bad use of our tax dollars. Put the bike lane down the green median if you must, but leave University Avenue to the concertgoers, including children, seniors and many others who come here by car to attend the performing arts. I pointed out that there are NO measurements in place to measure the negative impacts on the Arts Centre (Dunn, students, Cohn, Gallery, etc.) and the Public Archives - all you seem to plan to do is count bikes - that's easy! Perhaps putting up permanent places to post comments inside the affected buildings during the trial would give you both sides of this issue.Thanks - Peggy Walt, 1240 Edward Street
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Consultation has concluded

Admin Commented Kim Carver over 7 years ago
Thank you for your comment. There are currently three accessible parking spots on Seymour Street, beside the Arts Centre. These will remain. No accessible parking spots are currently located on University Avenue in front of the Arts Centre. There will be a gap in the protected bike lane in front of the Arts Centre that will enable patrons to be dropped off and picked up. The Dalhousie Arts Centre is one of the key stakeholders in this project and they have been, and will continue to be consulted about the project. Understanding the impact of the removal of the 24 parking spots on the Arts Centre and other destinations is part of the project evaluation. As an example of work to mitigate the impact on patrons, Dalhousie will be working with the Arts Centre to improve communications about the free public parking available in Dalhousie parking lots every evening.
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DBC over 7 years ago
I think it will be even easier to drop people off if the area in front of the Cohen if there is a dedicated bike lane - especially by night. At the meeting I also saw a number of dedicated disability parking spots by the side door. There are a variety of public interests here. Providing safe bike routes in the city is critical to encouraging more people to be on a bike instead of in a car. When people hear I bike to work in the spring summer and fall - many say they'd like to do that too but they are afraid of getting into an accident. Truly dedicated, separate lanes are common in many parts of the world, they should be common here. The Dal project can be the start of something great. People with disabilities need to be accommodated. I believe a way to do that can be found. Bruce Cameron, Tower Road
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LouiseG over 7 years ago
I am in total agreement with the opinion expressed above. My mother (91 years old) and I attend Symphony Nova Scotia concerts regularly at the Dal Arts Centre. Because she uses a walker, we need to be able to access the front entrance to the building without walking a block or more. We would hate to have to give up our musical life because of the removal of accessible parking close to the Dal Arts Centre.
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