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Melissa Bowman Ward 9 

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Where did that come from?

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Where did that come from?

You have likely noticed these bright yellow and black signs appear throughout the city this spring and summer. I remember coming across one for the first time and wondering, "where did that come from?"

Now, don't get me wrong: as someone who walks and cycles throughout the city, I was excited to see a new measure meant to help slow down traffic, especially near trails and at busy crossings. However, it seemed odd for this to simply appear on the road with little or no notice. Were they permanent or seasonal? Who installed and maintains them? How many were installed? What are their legal implications for drivers? I had a lot of questions.

So did others as it turned out. I posted the above photo to the neighbourhood association page asking who had noticed this new installation. Some had noticed it, while others had spotted them in other neighbourhoods. Whether people had seen them or not, they were curious.

It was time to investigate!

I spent some time emailing city staff and looking up past city council meeting minutes and discovered some important answers to our neighbourhood questions.

These were in fact installed, and are maintained, by the city. They are seasonal and will be removed each winter. There are 4 signs in each Kitchener ward, totaling 40 signs. After gathering some helpful information, I created a new post (pun intended) for our neighbourhood social media (see above). It ended up being our most viewed post ever! Clearly people wanted to know about these new additions to their neighbourhoods.

I appreciate the city taking the initiative to add safety features such as these. They seem to slow traffic and increase safety in these areas. But one key element that was missing in this process was citizen engagement. This could take the form of social media posts and emails to neighbourhood associations. These simple steps to inform residents in advance about these new signs could have gone a long way and avoided confusion.

As councillor I would intentionally seek ways to inform residents of projects such as these, but also to engage with them by seeking feedback, input, and reactions to various city initiatives.

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Neighbourhood Happenings
Canvassing can be hard work as there are many doors to be knocked on and many conversations to be had! However, there are lots of wonderful things that happen while out canvassing. In addition to many great conversations with ward 9 residents, I want to highlight a few other perks of being out in neighbourhoods everyday.

Sometimes the scenery is just so lovely like when the sun is setting in Victoria Park (above left) or when sunflowers grow even taller than you! (above right)

I have also learned about many creative and interesting things happening in ward 9, such as residents installing solar roof panels (bottom left). I've also enjoyed travelling around the ward by bike (bottom right).
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