District of North Vancouver is holding a public open house on July 22, from 6 pm to 7 pm, at the district hall. The open house will focus on outstanding safety concerns on East 29th Street.
The district said it had heard from several residents about safety issues and would like to invite citizens to share their concerns. It has also sent out a letter to East 29th Street residents seeking their input at the open house.
The letter states: “East 29th Street is a busy arterial road with limited space that is intended for the safe and efficient use of people. In a unanimous council decision on May 27, and again in discussion on July 8, council indicated their continued support for new sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, separated bike lanes, left turn bays and the need to remove parking along East 29th Street between St. Andrews Avenue and Fromme Road to make space for these improvements. Additional road design features that mitigate safety concerns may be considered by council where feasible.”
For the past few weeks, residents of East 29th Street have been urging the council to not remove parking from their street.
At a council meeting on July 8, Councillor Lisa Muri raised the issue and asked district staff to work with the residents to address the parking issue. Muri acknowledged that residents had been caught off-guard and were left frustrated with the direction taken by the council.
“The original report written by Steve Carney in DNV’s traffic department contemplated a holistic approach of shared bike lanes and improved intersections. At no time during the two public input sessions did complete removal come up,” Muri noted.
Recently, resident Brenda Irving invited councillors to join her and others in a walk in the neighbourhood to better understand the challenges the residents would face due to removal of parking.
Irving said residents also shared their thoughts on possible compromises including one-side bike lanes, one-side on-street parking, shared roads with signage, better lighting on roads, improved back lanes, rezoning possibilities for front driveways, and possible options for short-term parking.