Monday, October 15, 2018

Complete network of barrier free sidewalks must be a priority

It has been a while since I have talked about the importance of sidewalks in creating complete neighborhoods (sidewalks) and how the current system of sidewalk-building wrongfully places the burden of building those sidewalks on existing property owners.  In a region where property values have unreasonably soared beyond the reach of new buyers, the property tax burden has accordingly increased for existing property owners, putting more tax dollars into government coffers.  That revenue coupled with increased revenues from the density bonus funds collected by the City of Burnaby should allow the city to spare some funds for improving our network of sidewalks for people with disabilities.  In 2018, we should not be allowing disabled people to struggle with getting around their neighborhoods like the poor fellow in the Bunaby Now article below.

BURNABY NOW

Scooter rider says Burnaby sidewalks are harrowing

A senior worries about safety along Smith Avenue in the Metrotown area


 Burnaby Now
OCTOBER 13, 2018 11:38 AM

Wayne McQueen navigates the bumps and broken sections of sidewalk along Smith Avenue in the Metrotown area in his motorized scooter
The 71-year-old manages to be mobile in his scooter despite having a condition called charcot foot, a result of his diabetes, which can cause the bones in his feet to break if he walks. But he doesn’t understand why a big city like Burnaby can’t get its sidewalks into shape for people like him in scooters or mothers pushing strollers.
“It’s very hard to manoeuvre with a mobility device,” McQueen said, adding that he’d like to see ramps on all corners along Smith Avenue. “It also would help young women with their strollers to have a ramp.”
At Smith and Sandell, the sidewalk, which is only on one side of the street, ends with no curb letdown, but a pathway going east with bark mulch allows McQueen to eventually cross the street. Father down at Hertford and Smith again there is no curb letdown and McQueen turns east and goes down half a block till he can access the road where there is a private driveway, then he rides along the street until he finds another driveway to get back onto the sidewalk.
In places, there are small, steep inclines on the sidewalk beside a driveway where he gathers speed in his scooter to make it up the hill, something that make him fearful for his safety.
“I could have tipped the thing over backward because it’s too steep,” he said of the sidewalk beside a driveway.
McQueen said he often feels very nervous riding his scooter in traffic as he goes down Smith Avenue to his doctor’s appointment with traffic.
“I think (city officials) need to take into consideration standards for making things mobility-safe – that doesn’t seem to be their priority, that’s just my opinion,” McQueen said, who has lived in Burnaby since 2008.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Solo 3 phase underway

Solo District's 3rd tower will soon begin to rise as the western end of the site on Rosser Ave has been undergoing excavation for several weeks now.   Once completed, the lower level of Solo District will become an open space situated between the 4 towers.



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Basil Box coming to Brentwood


JUNE 2019


Sporting Life coming to Brentwood

With 12 stores currently in Canada, Sporting Life's first BC store will be coming to the Amazing Brentwood in 2019.  Sporting Life is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019.  Shape properties will begin to reveal it's lineup of new stores as we approach the 2019 opening of the Amazing Brentwood. 



Saturday, July 21, 2018

Willingdon Linear Park officially opens today

The Willingdon Linear Park officially opens today.   The pedestrian/cycling path will connect Brentwood Town Centre from Brentlawn Drive to Hastings Street along the east side of Willindgon Avenue.

The official opening event takes place from 10:30-2:30pm between Midlawn Drive and Parker Street.
The City of Burnaby has enacted no stopping or parking on certain streets in the neighbourhood (photo of map below).