City hall says Surrey’s Transportation Plan needs an overhaul, and they’re hoping for feedback about it in a survey that dangles gift cards as an incentive to get involved.
A survey was launched Tuesday (Oct. 13) to gather feedback from residents, business owners and community stakeholders “about their current experience and future priorities related to transportation in Surrey,” according to a news release.
Surrey’s current transportation strategic plan was developed in 2008. A new plan will be developed over the next 16 months with “extensive” community engagement and an expected completion in 2021.
Close to 20 people are killed and 12,000 injured on Surrey’s roads every year, according to a post at surrey.ca/transportationplan, where the survey can be found.
“The new Surrey Transportation Plan will be built on five pillars, including prioritizing human life above all else,” the website says. “With a commitment to Vision Zero, we aim to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in our transportation system.”
The survey includes a chance to win one of three $100 gift cards for local stores and shopping malls.
Data from the survey, as well as feedback collected from online open houses, stakeholder interviews and focus groups, will guide the creation of a new transportation plan for Surrey, which is anticipated to grow by 300,000 people over the next 30 years, according to planners.
Two public online open houses are scheduled for Nov. 12 and 17.
“We need your ideas, insights and perspectives to build a bold, new approach,” the plan website notes. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we connect with each other at all levels. There are many unknowns around in-person engagement, so the initial phases of this engagement process will be online.”
Meantime, Surrey Board of Trade’s annual Surrey Road Survey aims to help make a difference in Surrey to improvements and advocacy for bridges, transit, and key corridors in Surrey.
The city’s network of more than 4,500 “lane kilometres” of road is seeing an increasing population of commuter and commercial usage, SBOT says.
“Representing the interests of our members, we continue to advocate for transportation infrastructure improvements for the safe and efficient movement of goods, of people and commercial traffic throughout Surrey,” the board says in a news release. “To do this, we need to continually assess areas in Surrey that may be impediments for our businesses and industry. This survey is your opportunity to tell us where the challenges are for your business and for our economy.”