Results of a recent scooter survey were presented to Sechelt council at its Dec. 12 committee of the whole meeting.
Joanne Scanlan, co-chair of the accessibility advisory committee, asked council to take into consideration nine recommendations that came out of the survey when contemplating next year’s budget.
The recommendations were:
•To improve existing letdowns on sidewalks and consider traffic lights for the Cowrie and Trail intersection.
•To build wider sidewalks, at least the width of two scooters, when new sidewalks are needed.
•To create a sidewalk network that is continuous and well maintained.
•To complete outstanding items from the 2012 budget such as the sidewalk along Teredo Street near Shorncliffe.
•To look at a paved walkway leading from Davis Bay Blvd. to Mission Point Park.
•To consider extending a dedicated walkway at the end of Wharf Avenue near the pier.
•To improve pedestrian access on Wharf Avenue near Ebbtide Street.
•To extend the walkway on Anchor Road from Wharf Avenue to Trail Avenue.
•To consider painting crosswalks at Medusa Street from the walkway to the arts centre/seniors’ centre and near Mountainview Court at Binnacle Avenue.
Gary Jackson of Off The Edge Bike Shop presented a plan to create an outdoor festival in conjunction with the BC Bike Race next year.
He said the festival could be held at Hackett Park and would “celebrate outdoor recreation with live entertainment and music, bike races and clinics for the whole family, plus yoga and outdoor fun surrounded by food vendors, artisans, an outdoor recreation and tourism expo and a beer garden.”
He said the event would cater to the 550 racers plus their support staff.
“Those other 500 people, the support staff, the fans, they’re dying for something to do. For five years they’ve been coming into our community and we haven’t been showcasing our community,” he said.
The BC Bike Race comes through Sechelt each year in July, evidenced mainly by a tent city being set up in the field of the Sechelt Learning Centre.
Jackson asked council to buy into the idea with a $60,000 commitment over the next three years, noting a major sponsor could be found after that.
Council wanted to know more and Jackson promised a draft budget soon. Council expects to discuss the idea further in January.
Coun. Mike Shanks asked if he could be made aware of future meetings of council members.
“This has been an ongoing issue that I have brought forward, but it came to light once again at the beginning of this week when I walked in and the receptionist asked me if I was attending a meeting that morning and I had no notification of the meeting taking place,” Shanks said. “All I’m asking for is when are these meetings taking place. We’ve tried to get all these things on the calendar as we’ve indicated before, but if there’s meetings that require a couple of days notice perhaps that could be done some other way, either by email or just a phone call, so if I wish to I can attend.”
Interim corporate officer Margi Nicholas said staff has not been posting dates of advisory committee meetings properly.
“I’m not sure what meeting you’re referring to, Councillor, but if it was an advisory committee meeting, that’s an area where we have not been following the prescribed methods of the community charter,” she said, adding the error will be corrected. “It came to our attention, and I’ve addressed it with staff.”
Council decided to table a new highway and parking bylaw until staff can deal with loopholes like the one that would allow dirt bikes to be driven on sidewalks.
“So if I read this right, I’m allowed to ride my dirt bike, which is a non-certified bike on the highway, on the sidewalks, is that right?” Coun. Chris Moore asked.
“Technically, yes,” said assistant corporate officer Gerry van der Wolf, noting he hoped common sense would prevail.
That reply, along with some other issues around wording and clauses, caused council to table the bylaw.