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  1. Moving bus stops to after intersections rather than right at the stop sign.

    Several bus stops in east end are located right at stop signs of busy intersections( Johnson st has several). This causes a lot of back log in the area. It’s unsafe as some vehicles will attempt to pass the pulled over bus just as pedestrians are crossing after exiting the bus and it’s still pulled over. I feel that if these stops were moved to the other side of the intersection, it would improve both pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

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    Transit staff look at far side stops more often now than in the past. Staff recognize that these stops can increase pedestrian safety and reduce traffic-related issues. However, depending on the location it is not always easy to relocate a bus stop from a near sided bus stop to a far side bus stop.

    We have made this change to two bus stops along Johnson Street: Bus Stop #414 (now NE of Johnson and Steel) and Bus Stop #409 (now NE of Johnson and Grove).

    Transit staff are currently working on a bus stop infrastructure study and looking at where the City can create more far sided stops throughout Barrie, when feasible, will be part of that study.

  2. Parking both sides of road

    parking should not be allowed on both sides of street.it makes some streets a 1 lane road and is unsafe because of speed of some cars

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  3. Bring Presto to busses

    The goal of a good transit is to be affordable, frequent and easy to use, none of which are true for Barrie, despite it's size and rapid growth. While our city modernizes and grows, our transit remains antiquated, requiring now for people to buy scratch-off paper cards that easily get destroyed just from keeping in a wallet.

    A presto card will allow riding to be more convenient, allowing for an automatic renewal for monthly passes (no more waiting in line at the beginning of the month) and allows for an auto-loading feature for those who infrequently travel. Barrie also benefits…

    5 votes
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  4. provide the opportunity for people to enrol in swimming lessons on the guarded beaches in the summer months.

    Many other municipalities offer swimming lessons at their beach fronts during the summer months. With pools closed or limited this would be a way to provide this service to the families of barrie. Life guardes are already slated for the beaches. Lessons could be offered in the morning hours freeing the beaches up in the afternoons for swimming. This would help to ensure children are learning water safety and how to swim. The city already has qualified instructors that could provide this service and the program would either be self supporting or in fact be a revenue generator. I have…

    2 votes
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  5. Limit electric scooters/bikes to roads not sidewalks

    Progressive cities are concerned that pedestrians are at risk from electric scooters/bikes travelling on sidewalks. Pedestrians walking around Kempenfelt Bay need to dodge these vehicles, some traveling at 50kph. Serious injury or death will lead to tragedy and lawsuits against the city.

    The city of Paris, France, has banned these vehicles from sidewalks. They must travel on roads.

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  6. Red light cameras.

    As a daily walker I've witnessed an increase in vehicles running solid red lights over the last 6 months. Specifically Burton traffic at Burton and Millburn, and Lakeshore drive traffic at the Allendale GO entrance. I'm surprised I haven't heard reports of an increase in pedestrians being hit in the area near the lakeshore, given the increases in both pedestrian and vehicle traffic in this area since the beginning of covid lockdowns last year.

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  7. Raise the Flags

    Time to clean up the Spirit Catcher, and raise our flags to full mast again. We have all been through a lot, there is great healing to go through, and in the spirit of strength, hope, and unity, we need to start establishing morale in our community. Sometimes, the more we draw attention to wrongs of our past, the more indefinite the division grows. It’s time to restore our horizon of positivity and light.

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  8. Permanently pedestrianize Dunlop Street

    As a city we lack spaces for pedestrians and with Dunlop being our main road though the heart of downtown, I feel could make for an excellent pedestrian mall (for those that don't know, a pedestrian mall is a street that is permanently closed off to motor traffic, and are found all over the world. From London, to even here in Canada). While the city has certainly done a good job at making it a nicer place (the recent redesign, closing it to vehicles on certain days in the summer). In my honest opinion it doesn't go far enough. I…

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  9. Quiet fireworks

    Save vulnerable pets and wildlife while also considering those who are traumatized by the deafening sounds of fireworks.
    Barrie could be a leader as a compassionate considerate place to live for everyone. Quiet fireworks are not new. https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/504964-its-time-for-silent-fireworks

    4 votes
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  10. Close Dunlop St (no cars) Friday to Sunday evening

    The traffic is quite heavy on Sunday evenings over the summer as people return from the north & the patios are not comfortable with all the traffic.

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  11. Create bylaw for repeat lawn maintenance violations to allow city to contract seasonal lawn care & and add cost to that property's taxes

    With more of our homes being converted into investment rentals this would help reduce deterioration of our neighbourhoods by absentee landlords. In some neighbourhoods it seems every 4th lawn is overgrown and in violation of the bylaw. If such a bylaw is not possible, perhaps fines could be increased for repeat violations, especially for absentee landlords.

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  12. Dog park in lampman park

    Letita heights is home to MANY dogs and being a dog owner myself I see how many dogs and owners use the closed in baseball diamond as a dog play area... the park is big enough that it could have a fenced in dog park. It's a great location and goes with another post of having more dog parks in the north end

    4 votes
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  13. 2 votes
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    Thank you for participating in this forum. Your concern reached the Manager of Parks Planning directly. He has confirmed that Parks Planning and Parks & Forestry Operations staff will look at options and plan to improve this situation in the fall of 2021 or early 2022.

  14. Garbage tags online

    With everyone being asked to stay home it would be great if we didn’t have to go into a store to purchase garbage tags! Would love to see them available to purchase online

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  15. Seagulls

    There should be signs at the beaches telling people not to feed the seagulls, they swarm in droves and bother everyone.

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  16. More splash pads locations

    We need more splash pads in the area
    We should have one near Catherine park or somewhere close to that area

    3 votes
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  17. Barrie sign made of recycled materials

    After reading a post about establishing a large sign to represent the town of Barrie, I thought it would be great is it could be tastefully made out of materials that cannot be recycled. I have been stuffing plastic drink bottles with plastic wrapping that is not recyclable until no more will fit. Could these be incase in concrete as a filler and way to decrease non recyclable plastic in landfill. It could be a great starting point for residents in the town to do similar projects at home.

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  18. Ban 3rd suites in back yards

    Investors are building a third suite on many of the smaller homes on the property which is essentially a second smaller one or two bedroom home on the same lot in the backyard. These units were approved by Doug Ford for all of Ontario essentially to provide affordable housing. However, these units are anything but affordable. The increase in population density for an already density high area will put the old infrastructure under stress which affects all current housing in the area. Second suites had been restricted to the "as needed" areas surrounding the college but those restriction have been…

    6 votes
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  19. Build fencing/barrier on hwy 400 overpasses

    There are far too many accidents and occurrences of people and debris coming from an overpass onto hwy 400. The city should building fencing with a barrier top to prevent people from climbing over.

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  20. Create a Crokicurl rink.

    A new sport that mixes the idea of crokinole and curling first founded in Manitoba.
    https://www.theforks.com/blog/68/crokicurl-how-to Here are details.

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