A pedestrian crosses the Yale Road overpass Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

A pedestrian crosses the Yale Road overpass Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack seeks input on ‘active transportation plan’ to improve safety, accessibility

‘We have heard loud and clear many residents face physical barriers,’ says Chilliwack mayor

How people move through the community is going under the microscope.

As City of Chilliwack embarks on developing its Active Transportation Plan, the idea is improving safety and accessibility of the pedestrian network.

Feedback is being sought from residents until July 31.

“We have heard loud and clear that many residents face physical barriers when they move through our community,” said Mayor Ken Popove. “I am grateful to the residents, and the members of the Accessibility Advisory Panel, who have taken time to share their stories with myself and staff so far.”

They want to know about everyone’s experiences navigating the streets, including their main method of transportation, barriers to using roads and sidewalks, and “perceptions about the existing road and walkways,” according to a news release.

“We need to hear from people with lived experience to understand how we can make Chilliwack’s pedestrian network more accessible.”

When they use the term “active transportation” they’re talking about any form of “human-powered” transport including walking, cycling, or skateboarding, wheelchair, or other wheel-based forms of transportation.

The goal in planning is to move towards “equitable mobility and pedestrian access” for all residents.

Residents can share their feedback in several ways, starting with an online poll to answer questions once they’ve registered with the online engagement portal, engagechilliwack.com. It has an interactive map allowing residents to place pins identifying areas for improvement, asking questions, and answering quick surveys.

Residents can also call 604-793-2907, or drop off written feedback at the City Hall drop box at 8550 Young Road.

After collecting and reviewing public feedback, city staff will create the first draft of the Active Transportation Plan, at which time the public will have an opportunity to review the plan and provide additional input.

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