Safe streets and communities will always be a priority for me. In February 2021, I supported the City of Calgary Standard Speed Limit Bylaw, which lowered the default unposted limit to 40km/h. My office works closely and often with the Calgary Police Service and City Administration on traffic safety issues throughout Northeast Calgary. As Chair of the Public Safety Task Force, I brought community members, organizations, and all levels of government together to tackle urban violence. But there is always more to be done.
Today, Calgary City Council unanimously approved two motions I brought forward. The first is titled Encouraging Street Play. Thousands throughout our City would like to use quiet neighbourhood streets to safely play sports with their friends and neighbours, but are unable to do so due to bylaws and Provincial legislation. The City has shown creativity and flexibility with public spaces, including adaptive streets and temporary patios. With some changes to existing legislation, we could create another opportunity for safe and healthy use of public space.
I brought forward my second motion, Storm Pond Safety, in the aftermath of numerous tragedies and close-calls at storm ponds throughout the province. As a City, we have an obligation to identify and mitigate risks. Storm ponds are deceptively dangerous, and much more can be done to ensure the public is aware of these risks and minimally exposed.
These motions are relevant to all of Calgary, not just the Northeast. I am grateful to my Council colleagues who unanimously supported these motions, and I look forward to continued advocacy for safe and inclusive neighbourhoods.