Residents Invited to Have Their Say on How to Create More Walkable Downtowns

Posted on Friday November 24, 2017

The Town has initiated three major studies to help make Downtown Whitby and Downtown Brooklin more walkable, safe, connected and pedestrian-focused destinations. As an important step, residents are invited to provide their feedback on the following three studies now underway.

Downtown Parking Master Plan Study

The Town has initiated a year-long study of the current and future parking in Downtown Whitby and Downtown Brooklin. Results of the study will be used to create a Parking Master Plan that that is focused on creating an efficient and sustainable parking system for both downtowns over the short, medium and long-term.

Now through December 15, residents are invited to share their feedback through a short online survey at whitby.ca/parkingstudy.

Feedback can also be provided in-person by visiting the Parking Study pop-up at the Brooklin Christmas in the Village event being held tonight between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Grass Park or the Whitby Tree Lighting event being held on Friday, December 1, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., in Celebration Square (Whitby Public Library).

The Parking Master Plan will also take into consideration the need for and impact of a residential parking permit system.

To stay informed on the downtown parking study, visit whitby.ca/parkingstudy or email parking@whitby.ca to be added to the Interested Parties List.

Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Study

The Town has also launched its Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Study which is focused on how people and vehicles move within Downtown Whitby. The study aims to identify opportunities to help make walking, driving and other forms of transportation in the downtown area more safe, efficient and connected.

To learn more, residents are invited to drop by the pop-up tent at the Whitby Tree Lighting event being held on Friday, December 1, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Celebration Square (Whitby Public Library).

To stay informed on the Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan study, visit whitby.ca/transportation or email transportation@whitby.ca to be added to the Interested Parties List.

Active Transportation Plan Study

The Active Transportation Plan continues to move forward and is focused on increasing, improving, and creating safer active transportation opportunities, such as walking and cycling, within the community.

Residents are invited to provide their feedback on the recently completed draft active transportation network, which includes proposed routes, infrastructure options (ex. bike lanes and multi-use trails) at the the Active Transportation Plan Community Open House being held on Tuesday, November 28, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Town Hall.

To stay informed on the Active Transportation Plan Study, visit whitby.ca/activetransportation or email engineering@whitby.ca.