Drive-Thru Review

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London’s Planning Committee will address the topic of drive-thru’s at a Public Meeting on Monday, 2007/11/12 at 7:00 p.m.

Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 13:47:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gregory Fowler
To: Charles Parker
Subject: City Wide – Drive Through Review

Mr. Chuck Parker, Senior Planner
The City of London
Planning Division
P.O. Box 5035
300 Dufferin Avenue
London, ON N6A 4L9

Re: City Wide – Drive Through Review

Sir,

I understand from the city’s “Living in the City” page (http://www.london.ca/Cityhall/…/LivingInTheCity/civiccornermain.htm) that the regulation of drive-thrus is undergoing a review and that safety will be one of the considerations.

Notwithstanding my many communications to City Hall staff and members of Council with respect to pedestrian safety which have been unanswered, I wish to express my opinion, FOR THE PUBLIC RECORD, that no transportation-related review can be considered to have been adequately completed unless pedestrian safety has been studied and given a higher priority than other modes of travel.

With respect to drive-thru’s specifically, I wish to suggest that there is significant room for improvement. As an example, I ask that you consider the drive-thru which is in the plaza at Commissioners Road and Adelaide Street (https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/04/02/drive-thrus/). This drive-thru exits between buildings, and it is not at all uncommon for drivers to pull away from the pickup window, head down (or averted), and totally oblivious to any pedestrians who might be crossing to/from the coffee shop and the adjoining businesses. If drive-thru’s are to be allowed, then I propose that they be designed in such a fashion that vehicles exit on the periphery where pedestrian travel can be restricted without unreasonable inconvenience.

I would respectfully remind you that driving an automobile is simply a priviledge, whereas walking is a natural right.

Mr. Gregory Fowler
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario N5Z 3H7

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