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As 2020 comes to an end my thoughts go to what we have learned and how we have grown into a stronger community.
I reflect on the Province’s first COVID-19 lockdown this past March and how we all worked together to keep our community safe. To keep us safe, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was added to our vocabulary as well as washing your hands, wearing a mask and 2m distancing. We opened the COVID-19 Western Fair Agriplex Field Hospital to deal with a possible surge in cases. We all became aware of the importance of teachers, front-line workers, including grocery store workers. Governments all came together regardless of party affiliation, working together to bring forward funding and support for those who were out of work including business and organizations and yes, even Municipalities.
Our Conservation areas, Parks and Trails became places that we wanted to be in, dog walking, running, canoeing/kayaking, being one with nature. With the help of many long, hazy days this past summer we lived outside. We started to take up biking, exploring our neighbourhoods and greeting one another on the street. We wanted to share our thoughts and our burdens while keeping an eye on one another and giving a helping hand. We had no choice but to simplify our lives, gardening, growing our own food, learning how to make bread. Cooking meals and eating together became the new norm. Supporting our neighbourhood restaurants and businesses as well as farm markets became a priority.
We cannot ignore the problems that this pandemic has underlined but as this year comes to an end, I reflect on the support that has been given to me by my family, friends and by staff at the City of London. We all have a different level of comfort and we must be patient as we will get through this together. Please continue to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns at 226-927-0439 or e-mail me at email@example.com or www.annahopkins.ca
Peace and Joy, Stay Safe and Stay Strong.
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- Provide your input - Fire Master Plan - Provide your input for the London Fire Department’s Fire Master Plan survey before December 4. This community-driven plan will help shape the Fire Dept. over the next 10 years. Have your say!
- Overnight parking restriction now in effect - Londoners and visitors looking to park their vehicle on City streets overnight will need to register for a free overnight parking pass.
- Construction Dollars - Have you been following DIG OEV and Downtown London online for ways to win Construction Dollars this year? Construction Dollars are coupons that can be redeemed at any time before the year ends, at businesses downtown and in Old East Village. Remember to spend them before the end of the year!
- Get two hours of free parking in London's core this holiday season - To support local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and construction, the City is offering free municipal parking in London’s core until the end of the year. Each vehicle is entitled to receive two hours of free parking, per day.
- Annual Budget Update - The Annual Budget Update for the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget was tabled at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee on November 17, 2020. Council will review the update and begin deliberations on December 10, 2020. Make sure you take the time to visit the Get Involved site to read the update & learn about key dates in the MYB process.
- Register your child for our Holiday Camp! - Don't miss out on the winter fun! The City will be offering Holiday Camp sessions in December for children ages 4 to 12 at Kinsmen Recreation Centre and North London Optimist Community Centre.
- London's Climate Emergency Action Plan - You, your business, or your organization can help us identify what our community feels should be included in London’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. Provide feedback about how we can improve the way we live, green, move, grow, and prosper. A Discussion Primer along with potential actions and supporting actions has been added to the project’s webpage this month. Participate, and engage with the plan online.
Yes, you read that right! It's not too early to start get your name on the list!
Are you a senior or person in need who will need your laneway shoveled? Click the button below to add your name to the list.
Are you interested in helping those in need by shoveling? Click the Volunteer button to add your name to the list and find neighbours in your area!
Let's do this London!
Multi-Use pathway Review Results
Who Was Involved
This involved a number of departments and resources:
Parks and Recreation
Roads and Transportation
What was done
The review included a presence in the park to determine issues and problems with the pathway.
By-Law Monitoring and Educational Blitz’s
By-law enforcement officers attended the park They did a mix of dates and times that helped to show the variety of issues, and volumes of use. On some visits cyclists and walkers were stopped and information shared. On other dates, behavior was monitored and counted. The blitz was purely informational and no charges were laid.
- 130 cyclists were spoken to and another 607 individuals were observed for a total of 737.
- 95% of the cyclists were observed to be following the rules of the pathway. A number of other mobility items were used such as Segway’s, skateboards, roller bladders and mobility scooters.
- 642 walkers were observed or spoken to. 95% of those observed were following rules of the pathway.
Feedback from those spoken to included:
-Additional education required to walkers on lane etiquette
-Pedestrians identified cycling speed as a concern
-Dogs on leashes often wander all over the place causing disruption, as do some small children.
-People often didn’t know how to respond when runners and cyclists ring their bell or indicate they were on the persons left.
-Larger groups can block wide areas causing congestion and safety issues
-Some running groups seem to take over the pathway
Social Media Campaign
City media forums were used to share the messaging regarding use of the Pathway systems. This included Facebook, Twitter. Very positive response was received including suggestions from residents as to more signage and specific locations.
Social media stats indicated a reach of 5,900 Facebook with impressions of 7,778. We had 48 reactions, 30 comments and 18 shares. Twitter had 14K impression and 28 re-tweets and 36 likes.
Speed monitoring systems to be placed in two locations in the park. One was located near Storybook G4rdens and another closer to Springbank Gardens These were present from July 3rd to 13th. The solar units tracked the use along the pathways, and provided us with data as to the number of users, time of use, speed and if they were within the identified speed parameters.
- 3682 bicycles were tracked during the period (unfortunately one of the sensors went off line for a few day and had to be re-set)
- 18% of users respected the speed limit
- 68% were within acceptable speed parameters
- 31% of users were over the Limit
This was very limited in this past summer due to Covid, reduced staff, and the ability to do this due to inspections of Covid.
Have You Heard? No More Fines!
Effective immediately, all outstanding overdue fines have been removed from all Library accounts and overdue fines will no longer be charged when items are returned. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and we don’t want overdue fines to keep you from using all the great Library resources available to you and your family. You still need to return your Library items as soon as you can so that others may use them. Library collections are a resource that we share as a community. If Library items are not returned after a period of time and notifications, or are lost or damaged, replacement charges will still apply. We will continue to send reminder notifications about due dates and have introduced automatic renewals to make it easier for you to manage your Library items and account. Bring back any overdue items you may still have at home before the end of the year and we'll clear your account of all fines and charges, no questions asked! Use the outside return chute at any library location to return items and you will see your account cleared shortly after. Call, email or visit us to check your account or use My Account online. Further details can be found on the Library’s website: www.lpl.ca/finefree
Beginning Sunday, November 1, Londoners and visitors looking to park their vehicle on City streets overnight will need to register for a free overnight parking pass.
As part of the City’s overnight parking program, a maximum of 15 free passes may be issued per vehicle license plate and can be obtained online anytime, or by calling 519-661-4537, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Overnight parking passes are required between November 1, 2020 until April 30, 2021, at which time the overnight parking restriction is lifted.
The overnight parking program applies to most City streets. Londoners are reminded that all other parking regulations remain in place including parking where otherwise prohibited or restricted, such as in front of fire hydrants, on boulevards, front lawns, or streets identified by signs as being enforced. Before parking, Londoners should look for street signage that indicates whether parking is not permitted on that street. Vehicles parked on city streets without a valid overnight parking pass may be ticketed.
Light Up Byron
Let's make Byron full of light this holiday season during the month of December. Help the Optimist Club of Byron spread joy and hope. Learn more at Optimist Club of Byron.