The Parkway, as a road, does not address future travel needs
If we listen to City Council, the engineers and Parkway proponents, converting the Parkway Trail to the Parkway Road is critical to our future development. They suggest we MUST have the Parkway to support future residential growth in Peterborough. Even if we assumed for a minute that future growth is anywhere close to what the experts suggest (and we don’t), any solution will have to get people from all of the new subdivisions in the North end to both of the key employment areas of Peterborough. We don’t think the proposed Parkway does that.
Since we aren’t all experts, let’s look at it in simple terms we can all understand:
The above simple map shows three things (as taken from AECOM’s and the City’s own reports):
- The current and future residential growth areas (the pink zones 1-6)
- The two main employment areas (the downtown and the west end–the green circles A & B)
- The two front runner routes to get people from the pink areas to the green circles (the Parkway in red & Road 3–Fairbairn in green)
Which do you think does a better job of connecting more of the residential growth areas to the main employment areas in the city: the red line or the green line?
Yes, neither of the two are perfect, but it seems pretty obvious to us: The Parkway, as a road, will connect only one, possibly two, of the planned growth areas to only one of the two employment areas in the City (pink area 1 and, maybe, 2 to green area B). So, out of 12 possible combinations, the Parkway meets the needs of one (and a bit) of those combinations.
In simple terms, the Parkway, for 40 million dollars (and counting) meets about 10% of our growth transportation needs for northern subdivisions. Yes, one tenth.
Does that sound like a good deal for your tax dollar?
Look at the map. Ask yourself:
Which does a better job of connecting the pink bits to the green bits: the green line or the red line?
And yes, we get neither option does it perfectly. The question here is, which does the better job?
To us, it looks like the Road 3–Fairbairn option (the green line–currently the Engineers’ second choice) does a better job of connecting more of the new growth subdivisions to the places these people will work. It also connects the largest subdivision (#4).
The Parkway is touted as a method to move traffic North-to-South, but it moves traffic across the City just as much as up and down it. Why? Because it was designed as a city by-pass and never designed as a commuter road. Clearly, it is not a connector to the downtown.
So, why do the engineers still promote the Parkway as the preferred option? And why does Council believe them? Even if you don’t believe in the value of the Parkway as a trail (which makes this even more of a bad deal), the Parkway seems like a bad investment.
If you oppose the development of the Parkway as a road, you must act! While various groups and individuals are attempting to fight the Parkway through the Parkway Corridor Class EA process, City Council has shown it does not always listen to logic and really only responds to one thing: pressure from voters.
Here’s how we create that pressure:
Contact the Mayor and Council
Write, call or otherwise contact your council and Mayor Bennett now! Indicate how their vote on the Parkway may (or better yet WILL) affect your vote in the next municipal election.
Find their contact information in our Ptbo Politics page or below are two lists you can cut and paste into your e-mailer, assuming it accepts either the semi-colon delimited and comma delimited format.
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This is one of a series of posts outlining Why the Parkway is a bad idea.