Brockville Council To Consider Trail Crossings

Pedestrian crossover on King St W at Rivers Ave. Photo: Alan Medcalf

The City’s operations department will present a report to the Finance, Admin & Ops committee on Tuesday, recommending Council proceed with pedestrian crossings at a number of Brock Trail road crossings.

The report calls for crossings of varying types at: Henry St, St. Paul St and Cedar St to catch up with recently completed Brock Trail segments, as well Ormond St at Bramshot Ave, Laurier Blvd at Bridlewood Dr and Centennial Rd at Buells Creek as those new Brock Trail segments are completed this year. The report notes that the King St W crossover was completed last year (photo above). An excerpt of the FAO agenda with this report is attached below.

The report only addresses Brock Trail crossings. It does not address the need for pedestrian crossings elsewhere in the City, for example, at numerous places along King St.

An important consideration needing debate is the suggestion in the report that the Brock Trail crossings not be funded by the City through the roads budget, but instead by the Brock Trail committee, which raises the majority of its funding through grants, donations and in-kind contributions. The suggested approach would be a clear policy departure from past practices in which the City’s roads budget funds all road work. As everywhere else in Canada, it’s incumbent on City Council to ensure that roads are safe for all, and that includes those needing to cross them safely. Public roads everywhere are funded by general tax revenues, not through volunteer donations.  Road crossings need to be funded by the City as an integral feature of safe roads in a walk-friendly community.

FAO agenda PXOs 20170321

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.