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Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee <br />Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 <br />Location: Zoom Meeting <br />Present: Donna Hartzler, Janis McKenzie (City of Kitchener), Dawn Clelland (Co -Chair), Heather Clark -Harris, <br />Rob Bender, Andrena Lockley -Brown, Brenda Robinson (Co -Chair), Berny Wesselink, Melanie Garbarz <br />(Region of Waterloo), Paula Saunders, Lolita Paroski (City of Kitchener/City of Waterloo), Carrie Speers, <br />Tracey Murray (Township of Wilmot), Councillor Debbie Chapman (City of Kitchener), Jeff Smith (Township of <br />Woolwich), Ashley Sage (Township of North Dumfries), Councillor Sue Foxton (Region of Waterloo),Trevor <br />Tamlin, Councillor Sandra Hanmer (City of Waterloo), Jolene MacDonald, Mamie Sealey -Baker <br />Regrets: Teresa McQuillan, Tamara Bell, Amy Harron (Township of Wellesley), Brad Sayles <br />1. Welcome and Introductions, Brenda Robinson <br />2. Approval of March Minutes and April Agenda <br />addition to the agenda following the built environment update Kevin Marshall from the Region of Waterloo <br />regarding E -scooters. <br />Dawn motioned to accept April agenda. Andrena seconded. All in favour. <br />Paula motioned to accept March minutes; Jolene seconded. All in favour. <br />3. Declarations of Pecuniary Interests <br />None <br />4. City of Kitchener, Vision Zero, Faranak Hosseini <br />The purpose of this project is to put together a road safety plan for the next five years with the goal of reducing <br />the number of collision -related serious injuries and fatalities. Work started on this project in fall 2020 and the <br />plan is to complete the project and report back to Council by end of 2021. More information on the project can <br />be found at: https://www.engagewr.ca/vision-zero <br />At this point, public engagement has been completed and collision analysis/network screening completed to <br />understand where and what the traffic safety concerns are and where there might be room for improvement. <br />Based on the results of these analyses and stakeholder engagement there have been some high level and <br />preliminary traffic safety improvements to the Vision Zero plan. <br />Comments/Feedback <br />• What are examples of things from other countries that we are not doing currently? <br />There are things we are doing well but there are pieces missing such as better use of data, network <br />screening, collision patterns etc. Education, engagement of best practices. i.e. pedestrian crossovers <br />• This committee would like to be part of the accessibility pieces of vision zero. <br />• AODA not necessarily keeping up with all the issues around accessibility issues. <br />• Looking at accessibility issues globally is a really good idea. <br />• Vulnerable section should include those with disabilities distinctly. <br />