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  1. Put bicycle lanes on arterial roads

    Commuting by bicycle is good for alleviating congestion and human health. Let's make it safer for citizens aged 8-80 and put on-road and segregated bike lanes on arterial roads (Yonge, Dunlop, Essa, Duckworth, & Bayfield).

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      gathering feedback  ·  32 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make Johnsons Beach a DOG FRIENDLY BEACH PARK

      As we have no dog friendly beaches and this end of the city has no dog park near or easily accessible to those unable to walk a steep trail I would like it considered that Johnson's beach is the perfect location to designate a dog friendly beach. It's small, remote from other beaches enough that it would cause no issues and yet easily accessible to everyone by walk, driving or bus. Leash laws could still be intact which means no fencing would be needed while allowing dogs to cool down especially on those severely hot days.
      Poop and scoop laws…

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        gathering feedback  ·  37 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • make the old Barrie event center the new Farmars market

        Make the old Barrie event center the new Farmars market. This is a great place
        to have it. It is close to the 400, next to the commuters parking lot and has
        plenty of free parking in itself. It's also close to the go train station. Why
        have it next to a beach that has paid parking and has poison in the ground. We
        need a place where the food is not only accessible but safe. Because of this I
        feel this is the best location. Farmars have better access to bring in their
        goods via their own trucks and…

        179 votes
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          12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          The recorded vote count is as close as accurate/authentic as possible; for those legitimate users who support this idea, we encourage you to give it your vote.

          This idea has received a significant amount of fraudulent activity: fake e-mail addresses and/or or flagged IP addresses to increase vote counts. The suggestion itself was registered under a fake e-mail address (after having been automatically removed a number of times) and was eventually allowed despite this, in an effort to gauge authentic, verified support.

          As per our Terms of Service (http://barrie.uservoice.com/tos), fraudulent activity is not tolerated. All related votes/comments are automatically removed from this forum; related e-mail addresses and/or IP addresses are blocked from access to forum discussion.

          If you have been blocked and you feel this has been done in error, please email socialmedia@barrie.ca from the email address under which you registered. The associated account, and all related activity,…

        • Lower Taxi Fares or Set Prescribed Flat Rates

          Why is the city setting such insane cab fares? $40-$60 for a ride across the city is unreasonable to get home safe from a bar or party. Having such high rates is likely contributing to higher impaired driving occurrences.

          In London Ontario, they have prescribed zones of service with set flat rates. This makes budgeting a safe ride home much easier and completely eliminates the cab driver taking "the long way around."

          Please vote if you think cab fares should be reduced or moved into a flat rate zone system.

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            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We’ve brought this suggestion to the attention of the our Bylaw Department. We will continue to gather feedback (votes/comments), which will be taken into consideration as part of the Transportation Industry bylaw (related to the operation of Taxis, Tow Trucks, Limo’s) review.

            If you would like to send any ideas directly to bylaw, they can be mailed to the attention of Tammy Banting, Manager of By-Law Services, at: By-Law Services, PO Box 400, 70 Collier St, Barrie ON, L4M 4T5.

          • Permeable paving in downtown Barrie

            Permeable paving is like interlocking unistone, but permeable paving allows rain to filter though the rocks in between the unistone. This allows the water to filter down into the ground. One benefit of this to Barrie will be the stopping of storm runoff into Lake Simcoe. Also permeable paving lasts longer and is cheaper then regular paving. We could try permeable paving in some areas that need to be re-paved as it is cheap, environmentally friendly and is economically inclined.

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            • Red light cameras are a bad idea

              Red light cameras are a bad idea for Barrie. The cost does not out weigh the benefits! ninety five per cent of people in existing red light communities fear red light Collisions . In fact some of these communities saw a increase in intersection accidents! The city of Barrie police chief Kimberly Greenwood and Ward 6 Coun. Michael Prowse suggest red light cameras are a safety tool , and as stated before some communities have seem am increase in intersection accidents . This is do to motorist fearing red light cameras and panicking for fear of getting a ticket. While…

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              • Healthy Food Options at Rec Centre Canteens

                We have just started using the recreation centres around Barrie now that our oldest is eligible for some of the programs.
                I suggest the canteens that offer cooked food and snacks be upgraded and the menus be revised to eliminate some of the truly unhealthy options and provide a much broader selection of healthy food choices.

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                • Better jobs for the city

                  Make sure that the new land required from innisvile is used for the power industry.

                  We need to start attracting and building proper power generation and I think if we did we would be able to not only create great jobs but we could have the added benefit of using what we produce to help lower the costs of living here. For one such an industry would offset our property taxes. We could use the electricity we produce from the wind and solar farms and provide FREE electricity to every home and business in the city. If we produce ethanol…

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                  • Northend indoor playplace!

                    Turn former Bayfield Future Shop location into an indoor playplace.

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                    • Not Ban ALL Pythons And Boas In Barrie

                      I think that not all Pythons and Boas should be banned in Barrie.
                      Take for example Ball Pythons. They are the most popular reptile in the pet trade. Heck, they get their name because they're so docile! They get the name "Ball Python" because they always curl up in balls and are calm. They only get 4-6 feet full grown, and wouldn't survive if they were let loose. Now some pythons and boas do get huge, (Some 20+ feet), but maybe just placing a permit on them is all that'd be needed.

                      The Reptile Trade is a multi-million dollar business!…

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                        • food truck freedom!

                          Barrie is a great city, but in order for a great city to become an amazing city it must break away from convention! Truly mobile food trucks are safe, clean, inventive and in super high demand. The greatest cities on the globe have mobile food trucks in operation and not only has it not hurt the local "bricks and mortar" restaurants, it stimulates entrepreneurship and allows for the free enterprise that this country was founded on. If the rapidly expanding city of Barrie were to follow in the footsteps of amazing cities like Los Angeles and Vancouver the enactment of…

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                          • Keep Dunlop street closed to traffic between promenade and the craft beer/rib fest

                            I am a Barrie resident that lives within walking distance to downtown, and it was nice to walk the street on the summer nights that week and take in what downtown has to offer without all of the traffic.

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                              8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              There is an upcoming Public Information Session regarding proposed alternative solutions to Dunlop Street Corridor Improvements. The public is invited to attend and view project information panels and provide comments regarding the proposed alternative solutions outlined in the Dunlop Street Corridor Improvements Class EA draft report. City Staff will be available to discuss issues and concerns with members of the public, and comments collected in this process will be used to develop the preferred alternative solution. A copy of the Class EA draft report is available at www.barrie.ca/EAstudies; hard copies are available at City Hall (1st floor Clerk’s Office & 6th floor Engineering Dept) and at Barrie Public Library info desks (60 Worsley St​ and 48 Dean Ave).

                              We hope all supporters of this suggestion can attend the Public Information Session on June 18, 4pm–7pm at City Hall. Options open for discussion:

                              1. Do nothing: Leave things as they…

                            • Let Sunrise Dispensary stay..for these reasons

                              I have been a Legal Licenced Medical Marijauna ( Licenced by the Canadian Govt) user. I am not sure why you would choose this business as an example. I have had many, many dealing with "dispensaries".. And I would say most are fronts for dealing to anyone.. SUNRISE MEDICINAL was not like this. They were professional, knowledgeable and helpful. I Never saw anyone underage, intoxicated or using in their establishment. I can't say that about the the other "dispensaries " At no time was I ever charged money for a fake doctor to give me a permit..or did the staff…

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                              • Restrict parking to ONE side of residential streets

                                There are way too many cars being parked on residential streets, it's not only a nuisance it's dangerous, there are times that school buses and emergency vehicles can barely get down the street and I can sometimes barely get out of my driveway without almost hitting a parked car.

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                                • Move to incineration of garbage to solve landfill and power problems and income issue for the city

                                  I think the city should strongly look into incineration of our garbage ,it would solve the landfill issue as well as produce electricity to power our city, the new plants are very clean. It would also create jobs as well as potential income for the city, the income would come from importing other towns garbage to keep the plant running. There is some towns in Europe that do just this..

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                                  • Allows for overnight parking on the road on New Year's Eve to discourage drinking and driving.

                                    For the purpose of snow removal the city implements a bylaw prohibiting parking between Dec 1 and March 31. It would be beneficial to allow a one night exemption on New Year's Eve to allow those who choose to celebrate with a few drinks to safely park their vehicles without the risk of being ticketed.

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                                    • Sensible Garbage Collection Rules

                                      The City of Barrie, instead of instituting a completely unforgiving one bag of garbage, should instead go by # of bags per size of household.

                                      They already have your address and tax records, and they keep a list of addresses in the truck so they can sticker your bins and smudge your record if you have one thing out of place.

                                      It's completely unfair to multi-person families. If more than two people live in your house, or you have pets, no matter how you recycle and fill the organics bins, it is LITERALLY impossible to get one bag.

                                      There should…

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                                      • A small scale bike share system around downtown barrie and surrounding areas

                                        A lot of Barrie residents rely on either public transportation or personal vehicles to travel such small distances around downtown barrie. A bike share system would allow residents to bike to nearby places for work or even just for recreation.

                                        Bicycles are more cost efficient, do not pollute our air, take up less space (reduced demand for parking downtown), and help to promote a healthy active lifestyle within our city.

                                        Bike share systems are used in cities such a Toronto and Hamilton and are used by a substantial amount of people. A bike share system would also draw in more…

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                                        • Bathrooms and water fountains @ Sunnidale Park

                                          The new playset at Sunnidalr Park is amazing! It's by far my kids favorite park in the city and its very busy. I would LOVE to see waterfountains for the kids and dogs as well as bathrooms (not port-o-potties).

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