CITY PAGES: Road Safety, Transit Passes, and Mayor’s Awards

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…?

Be Part of the Road Safety Plan

The City of Guelph is developing its first community road safety strategy, and you can offer your input at one of two open house sessions in the Marg Mackinnon Community Room at City Hall on either Tuesday February 25 from 5:30 to 8 pm, or on Wednesday February 26 from 2 to 4:30 pm. During the open house, participants will be asked to share their thoughts on what aspects of road safety are most important to them, and what strategies that they would like to see to increase safety on Guelph’s roads. “Road safety affects all members of our community regardless of their ability, age or how they get around,” said Liraz Fridman, transportation safety specialist for the City. “A community road safety strategy looks at all of the different ways we move around our city and how we can do it more safely.”

Nominations for Mayors Awards Open

Do you know someone that makes Guelph a better place through their volunteer service? You may want to nominate them for one of this year’s Mayors Awards. Nominations are now open, and they will remain open until Friday April 10 at 4:30 pm. You can find the nomination form on the City’s website here, and it requires that you fill out the basic information on both yourself and the nominee, and include a 750-word endorsement. “One of the things that makes me most proud to call Guelph home is the incredible network of community builders and volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to making our city better,” said Mayor Guthrie. “The Mayor’s Awards are a fantastic opportunity to give these dedicated individuals the recognition they deserve.” The Mayor’s Awards will be presented at the Guelph Awards of Excellence gala, hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday June 18.

Extra Time to Get OnYourWay!

In an effort to make it easier for people to get the new, reloadable tap and ride card for Guelph Transit, the ServiceGuelph location inside City Hall will be open from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday February 29 and Saturday March 28. The card will cost you $5 after April 30, but for now you can get it for free at City Hall, and most City-owned facilities and locations. FYI: the transit pass is the only service you will be able to access at ServiceGuelph during its special Saturday times.

Learn About the City’s New Book on Trees

The City of Guelph has a new Tree Technical Manual (TTM), which standardizes how City staff, developers and contractors protect, maintain and expand Guelph’s urban forest on both public and private land. So if you’re going to be planting a lot of trees in town when the good weather comes, you’re going to want to take part in a public workshop on Monday March 30 from 2:30-3:30 pm at City Hall in meeting room C. You do have to register in advance for the workshop, which you can do easily by clicking here.

Download Councillor’s Climate Musical

This isn’t technically City of Guelph news, but it involves a city councillor. You can now download James Gordon’s latest album, The Emergency Climate Musical, from Gordon’s Bandcamp site. Heralded as “a ninety-minute theatrical investigation of what surely is THE issue in these uncertain times,” the album features all the songs from Gordon’s new one-man musical show, which he performed live across the province last fall. The album is produced and released by Toronto-based Borealis Records.

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