One is a letter from Robert Stevenson asking the City of Oshawa to install pedestrian crossovers similar to those road seen in Clarington. Note the City of Hamilton also recently initiated pedestrian crossovers as "a new way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road. By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians intending to cross the road, and wait for them to completely reach the other side before driving." (see pictures below)
Also on the Agenda is a motion to lower the speed in school zones from 40km to 30km as other municipalities are doing.
In addition, there is a letter from Jalal Belal requesting the City change the By-law in order to allow vehicle parking in the driveway boulevard. This was investigated by a previous council in 2014 when a resident submitted a similar request. See report CS-14-62 REQUEST TO AMEND TRAFFIC BY-LAW 79-99 TO PERMIT PARKING ON/OVER THE BOULEVARD
Driveway boulevard parking is a contentious issue. Many Oshawa residents complain to Ward Councillors and municipal by-law on this 'driveway apron' parking issue, both for and against.
For clarity, pedestrian crossovers are on neighbourhood streets, crosswalks on arterial roads. Although the City has pedestrian crossovers listed in Schedule 18 of Oshawa's Traffic and Parking by-law, it seems there are none.
Perhaps the City is overdue for a repeat of the 2011 OSHAWA'S GREAT GARAGE CHALLENGE, which had a goal to get cars off the street and into residents' garages. The initiative was praised for keeping streets clearer for pedestrians, cyclists and service vehicles. This COVID Stay-at-home time could be considered a time to 'come clean on procrastinating' and not put off decluttering
Both Clarington and Hamilton have info on their websites about their Pedestrian Crossovers and NAME THE LOCATIONS.
Raising awareness is key. How to make informing residents something positive - perhaps the City could start a quiz challenge with an award for those who answer correctly some policy, rules and regulations questions and are able to identify the location of such things as Ward boundary for particular streets, fire station for other streets, true or false questions what is permitted parking in the city; multiple choice questions such as which facilities in the City are owned by the City...which City facilities are designated heritage...when is the City's centennial, who picks up City garbage, compost and recycling and where does it go?