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  1. e-bikes

    have e-bikes registered and insured and stay of the sidewalks one almost hit my 5 year old granddaughter.

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      10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      This suggestion has not received significant activity in a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

      With regards to registration and insurance: please note that e-bikes are regulated by the Province of Ontario via the Highway Traffic Act. Please visit the MTO website for more information: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/driver/electric-bicycles-faq.shtml

      Municipalities have the ability to prohibit where e-bikes may travel on roads, paths, trails and other property under their jurisdiction. Within the City of Barrie, the standard bicycle regulations apply to e-bikes. The following are excerpts from the current Nuisance and Parks Use by-laws pertaining to bicycle regulations (to view the consolidated by-laws please visit www.barrie.ca/bylaws) :

      “No person shall ride a bicycle, skateboard and other muscularly powered vehicle on…

    • Red lights cameras on Mapleview Dr. between Veterans and Bayview

      Traffic is consistently congested on Mapleview and almost impassable the Mapleview/Bryne and Mapleview/Park Place during "rush" hours. I believe a major factor is the amount of people that either continue to make left-hand turns after lights have turned red (have seen upwards of 5 cars do this) or have entered the intersection before they can clear it before turning red.

      Alleviating the people that completely disregard the HTA to save precious seconds and cause major traffic congestion by preventing flow should be looked into. Mapleview continues to get worse and no action seems to be taken.

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        25 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        This suggestion has not received significant activity in a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

        These projects will help allevate congestion along Mapleview:
        • Harvie / Big Bay Point / Highway 400 Crossing (currently in construction phase): http://bit.ly/2JlrPBF
        • Bryne Drive New Road (currently in design phase): http://bit.ly/2IbL40D

        In 2015, City Council approved a motion to have staff investigate the feasibility of implementing red light cameras. The results of the investigation are outlined in this presentation from staff, dated June 8, 2016: http://bit.ly/1Ucg14R. For information on the City’s current traffic control measures, please visit www.barrie.ca/traffic.

      • Run later or even overnight buses

        This would help people without access to vehicles that work early or late hours, as well as reducing the amount of people driving under the influence by providing an option less expensive than a taxi or uber. Even if it were to be every 2 hours during overnight hours or later evening and early morning services, it would still be an enormous help

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          5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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        • Have a no parking on the street in winter from 5pm till 6am for snowplowing and emergency vehicle pathway

          I would like to see no parking on the street from 5pm till 6am. The streets are clustered and it would be hard for emergency vehicles to get down any subdivision street if needed.
          It's ridiculous already.
          In toronto you have to call in cars for the night if they wanna park on the street which is a deterent for some people, time for big city Barrie to follow suit.

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            5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            This suggestion has not received significant activity in a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

            The current restrictions, as per the Overnight Parking By-law:

            On-street parking is not permitted on most City streets from 12:01–7am and from 3–6am within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, December 1 through March 31 (these restrictions can be enforced outside of this period if a Winter Maintenance Event is declared). This ensures crews can completely clear streets of snow and that large emergency vehicles can get down the street. www.barrie.ca/snow

          • Green engine ( Idle Free Certification Sticker).

            Simply turn off your engine while texting or waiting at the corner store or dropping your children at School. You get a green sticker free from the City by law.
            Some vehicle will idle so close to your building the pollute air gets drawn it by the air system and you are breathing this at work pollution. Thing about the children and elderly. Do yourself and other a favor turn by simply turning off your vehicle dont idle and get certified Green Sticker from the best City in Ontario BARRIE.
            I would get involve if l get enough vote, thank…

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              5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This suggestion has not received significant activity in a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

            • Enforce keeping the sidewalks in front of their businesses clean.

              The downtown core has always been a bone of contention for me. This city's downtown is disgusting. Gum all over the sidewalks, dirty sidewalks, stained sidewalks, bricks missing in the sidewalks and now paving tar put in the holes left by bricks that are missing (which sticks all over our shoes). Either purchase more paver stones and put them in the places where they are missing (cheapest fix) or put concrete back down. Then make the businesses power wash their sidewalks or the city do it like in other cities. Our downtown core streets and sidewalks are disgusting. This year…

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                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                This suggestion has not received significant activity in over a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                To confirm:

                City by-laws only require downtown businesses to remove snow and ice. Businesses are encouraged to assist with “upkeep” but nothing requires them to do so except in the winter.

                This forum (established November 2013) is frequently advertised in This Week in Barrie, a publication appearing in Thursday edition of The Barrie Advance. www.barrie.ca/TWIB

              • Have a better set up for holly drop in schedules.

                Staff are extremely rude at front desk and insist on people waiting in line before entering programs. Front desk can be assisting other people for up to twenty mins leaving parents with kids waiting. The staff that set up the gym should be able to take a head count and stamp people's hands instead of having to wait at front desk and missing half the class. Staff at front desk should be more approachable instead of feeling like your being scolded for asking them a question also.

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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  This suggestion has not received significant activity in a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                  To confirm as per our comment posted September 2017:

                  In September 2017 your concern regarding your interactions with staff has reached the Client Services Supervisor at Holly Community Centre (HCC) for follow-up with all staff. At any time, please call 705-739-4220 x5770 to discuss the details of your experience directly with the supervisor.

                  With respect to lining up to enter drop-in programs: this is how staff manage numbers of participants, appropriate ages, payment/membership scans, etc. Staff encourage all interested in participating in drop-ins to arrive early to ensure admission to the program as well as an opportunity to participate in…

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                  • Have a "free goods days" during the fall. Many families merge household items spring and fall.

                    This past spring, many items were picked up from my drive. Have more items to get rid of that are not suitable to go to thrift shops. This would off set a trip to landfill as usable to help those in need.

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                      This suggestion has not received significant activity in a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                      Check out this webpage for information about locations you can take materials for reuse, recycling, and proper disposal: https://www.barrie.ca/Living/GarbageAndRecycling/Pages/AlternativeOptions.aspx

                    • Whiskey Creek Park (Little Ave between Huronia Road/Yonge Street)

                      The city of Barrie decided 5 years ago to drain off the land located between Huronia Road and Yonge Street on Little Avenue because it flooded in the spring. They came in and tore up a walkway used by children walking to Assisinack ES and Innisdale HS forcing the children to walk an extra 3 blocks equilivant.
                      When the destruction of this beautiful eco system did not have the "effect" they desired they then decided to remove a well used and loved playground from the same location. The nearly 30 children that live in a three block radius were left…

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                        Located on the south side of Little Avenue between Huronia Road and Firman Drive, Willoughby Park has undergone an environmental transformation over the last 10+ years.

                        When the park was originally designed, a baseball diamond and playground were elements installed within this open space; however, over time the character of the park has been changed with now higher levels of groundwater and more storm flooding in the storm water management pond next to Little Avenue. As a result, the City has taken steps to improve the operational management of the site while still providing some public enjoyment of the space.

                        The improvements…

                      • utilize the beautiful path along the waterfront in the winter by making cross country ski tracks

                        Once the snow comes, two pairs of tracks running on the existing bike/walk path would make a fine cross country ski course.

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                        • Private Parking Officers

                          City should authorize private companies as MLEO for enforcing / issuing parking tickets on private properties (visitor parking, customer parking).
                          This would allow the property owner to pay for various service level they while and in return for real Enforcement while the City colletcts the fines with no cost of manpower to conduct the patrols.

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                          • yellow means hello, yellow benches maybe in memory of, a yellow bench is now a familiar sight in schools

                            People sometimes need to talk and have no one. These yellow benches are recognized more so in schools but for those who do not attention school would have an option to reach out as well .many people suffer from depression and it needs to be talked about more .mothers like myself would agree and I would certainly purchase a bench to do just that in my daughter's name .thank you for entertaining my suggestion. Please vote yes c.m

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                            • On garbage days there should be no parking on the road.

                              New bylaw No parking on the road during garbage day. In a residential area if there are cars parked on both sides of the road it makes it hard for them to maneuver through and more difficult for açess to garbage and recyçling a percentage of thes inconsiderate people have empty driveways!

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                              • Make Free summer camps for kids

                                They do this in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville Quebec, and for that reason they have the best place to raise kids in Canada. Make summer camps available to all kids in the city. Read more about it here:
                                http://www.moneysense.ca/save/top-100-best-places-to-raise-kids-2017/
                                What you waiting for Barrie? Lets make us the best place to raise kids!

                                7 votes
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                                • Make 7B Bear Creek Bus go to Bear Creek again that's literally why it's named Bear Creek in the first place

                                  Why would there be a bus that went to Bear Creek not go to Bear Creek anymore it would make sense to make it go to Bear Creek again

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                                  • No Dogs in Fenced Off Areas at all Festivals. City, BIA, outside Contracted Events with Food, Drinks, And Safety Liability.

                                    Unkind to Dogs and people with allergies for Dogs to be allowed in NO Dogs in Fenced in Areas at All Festivals. Food, Drink, and Pets do not go together. All Security at these gates should not allow dogs. This is a grey area as no By Law Yet. For the past 5 years Dogs haven't been allowed. This year now we have to start all over again.
                                    Rib Fest was deplorable and Security had not been told NO DOGS. SIGNAGE NEEDED
                                    Get with the Times!

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Centralized posting site for events

                                      Have a downtown CENTRALIZED posting area available so anyone may advertise or find out about events, dates etc.
                                      This would be also very helpful for tourists.

                                      Many events in Barrie occur without community members knowing about it until it's over!

                                      6 votes
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                                        This suggestion has not received significant activity in over a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                                        A community events calendar is available on the City’s website, and its listings also feed the City’s mobile app, Pingstreet (www.barrie.ca/pingstreet). To access the listings via the website, visit www.barrie.ca and click on Events Calendar.

                                        Community members are welcome and encouraged to submit events to this calendar at www.barrie.ca/SubmitEvent.

                                      • girdwood Dr

                                        Add some 3 way stops/speed bumps on Girdwood Dr. I have just recently moved in and have noticed a high amount of speeding vehicles.
                                        It is a large stretch of straight road with several possible locations for a 3 way stop to slow people down. I have 2 children and would feel much better if vehicles were forced to slow down in the subdivision. I am sure I am not alone.

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                                          This suggestion has not received significant activity in a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                                          Effective traffic calming measures in Barrie currently include radar speed advisory boards, road diets, temporary speed cushions, bollard islands, and bollard chicanes (please visit www.barrie.ca/traffic to learn more).

                                          For consideration of a speed cushion or other traffic calming measure installation on Girdwood Drive, please contact your Ward 10 councillor to express your concern (see www.barrie.ca/council for contact details).

                                        • Allow for completion and submission of PDF formsonline

                                          I'm a visitor to this beautiful city and have made suggestion to the mayors office to remove the dirty and tattered flags on or about 230 Essa Road. However the request was bounced back to me to solve. I looked under property standards and found a PDF form but the city site does not allow completion and submission of these forms. Canada is a beautiful country which I am very proud of and I think it reflects poorly that there is little respect of the national flag and Barry

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                                            This suggestion has not received significant activity in over a year, and is now classified as inactive. The inactive status helps keep all idea statuses as clear and timely as possible, and allows for votes to automatically be returned to users. Full information about the meaning of statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                                            To confirm again: In response to your suggestion last year, the form on the Property Standards webpage (http://www.barrie.ca/Living/Housing-and-Property/Pages/Property-Standards.aspx) was updated in August 2017 so it can be filled out online. However, a user will still need to save the completed form to their desktop and email it to ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca.

                                            As part of the multi-year Customer Service Plan, online opportunities will be developed to allow customers to complete more services online. Please visit www.barrie.ca/AccessBarrie for more information on the Customer Service Plan.

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