A message from Phil Frei, President, CRA:
We have received the letter, below, from the City of Toronto (from the late Councillor McConnell’s staff) about moving the Bike Share location.
In June, I attended a meeting at Riverdale Park West with city officials, who said they had concerns about snow removal with the bike station’s current location. An alternative location, at the southwest corner of the park, was proposed. I felt that the new location would address the snow clearing concerns of the city and still keep the Bike Share visibly in the park, a clear message from our early survey from this issue. The CRA has since learned there are significant concerns about the new location from our residents and good questions about why the existing location can’t be improved to deal with the snow clearing.
Given the concerns of our residents and unsatisfactory responses about improving the current location, we question the need for this Bike Share relocation. Please feel free to write Kelly Sather at the Ward 28 council office individually, but we would also like to hear from you so that we can have a co-ordinated response representing our membership. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter from Kelly Sather, Consituency Assistant, Ward 28 Councillor’s Office:
I am writing to keep the CRA updated on the location of the Bike Share location in Riverdale Park West. (The late) Pam McConnell and I met with residents, our local Parks supervisor, and Bike Share staff on site in June to discuss the possibility of finding a new location for the Bike Share dock.
During that meeting, a location near the southwest entrance to the park presented itself as a possible new location and staff will be moving forward with moving the dock to this location.
This new location was deemed appropriate because it provided enough space for the dock and the right amount of sunlight to power the station, and was conveniently located next to other bike locks. Further, the location does not infringe upon any otherwise useable park green space that could be used for other activities.
I will continue to take feedback from residents and evaluate this new location at the end of September. The new location is not necessarily permanent and residents can contact me directly at email@example.com with feedback, suggestions and concerns. Moving a dock doesn’t require any permanent infrastructure so it isn’t terribly difficult to relocate it from one part of the park to another.