To the editor:
Re: “World-class ambitions possible for the Drive,” Oct. 15.
As a long-time resident and business owner on Commercial Drive, I would like to make my support clear for Streets For Everyone’s proposed improvements. My family has been on Commercial Drive for 50 years. In that time, I have noticed that the street has become increasingly characterized by high-speed car traffic making it loud, dangerous and, at times, unpleasant. I am pleased that Streets For Everyone has put forward a proposal that would make the street more safe, attractive and accessible to all residents, shoppers and visitors.
In fact, I am disappointed to see that the proposed changes would not extend north of Graveley. I would gladly support the extension of the bike lane and a widening of the sidewalk past my business and north until Adanac or Hastings, even at the expense of parking. These changes would make the north end of the street equally as attractive as the south end and would encourage more people to walk and bike on the street, adding more people-traffic on the street, the characteristic that makes the Drive so special.