A Sidewalk is Not a Trail

image of trail beside roadParkway proponents suggest that a road and a trail can share the Parkway Corridor. This totally misses the point of the current trail. The value of the Parkway Trail is that it lets you get AWAY from roads. Away from the noise; away from the worry of being hit; away from the mechanised movement. The trails gets you into the quiet; into connecting with the environment around you; into a more relaxing and healthy state of mind. This cannot happen when the trail is beside a road. Read More …

The Parkway doesn’t get us from where we are to where we want to go

simplified map of Peterborough residential development areas and target employment areasIf we listen to City Council, the engineers and Parkway proponents, converting the Parkway Trail to the Parkway Road is critical to our future development. They say, “We MUST have the Parkway to support future residential growth in Peterborough”. Even if we assumed for a minute that future growth is anywhere close to what the “experts” suggest (and we don’t), any solution will have to get people from all of the new subdivisions in the North end to both of the key employment areas of Peterborough. We don’t think the proposed Parkway does that. Read More …

Public Consultation #2: It all points to “Pave the Trail and Park”

North Parkway Corridor CriteriaA little over 100 citizens came out to see what ideas AECOM, the engineering company hired by the City to conduct the Parkway Corridor Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study, had come up with after the first round of public input from a meeting held October 2, 2012. Over 20 poster-sized displays illustrated a variety of discussions and proposed approaches to building the two sections of the Parkway south and north of the existing section known as Hospital Drive. Read More …

We Lose the Best of Peterborough

Peterborough’s strong linkage between the city and the natural environment is quite possibly our biggest cultural and economic asset. So why would we squander it? Council seems to want us to be like every other Ontario city. We are not. Peterborough is unique. We have unique challenges and unique advantages. Ask citizens and visitors to Read More …

People voted against the Parkway

What is it about democracy that Council doesn’t get? In 2003, a referendum vote on the Parkway showed a majority (55%) of those voting did not want the Parkway to happen. Parkway proponents and City councillors have rolled out a variety of objections to the results of this vote. This is unfortunate because, no matter Read More …