50 Ideas in 50 Days

Starting on August 31, the Coté Campaign will be releasing a new idea on every day of the campaign through to election day on October 20. The ideas will focus on some of the biggest issues facing our community like housing, transportation, public amenities, and the local economy.

Idea #24 - Explore new technologies in traffic control sensors

Use sensors and smart cameras to better manage traffic flow and improve pedestrian safety.

"We need to take advantage of new smart technologies to better manage the traffic flows in our community, and to make it easier for residents to get around during busy times of the day."  Jonathan X. Cote

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Idea #23 - Electric Bike Share Program

Bring an electric bike sharing program to New Westminster.

"One of the biggest barriers to cycling in New Westminster is our steep hills. The improvement of technology in electric bikes combined with new options for bike sharing programs have the potential to significantly increase cycling options for local residents and visitors." Jonathan X. Cote

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Idea #22 - Outdoor Community Movie Theater

Install a permanent outdoor community movie theatre in one of our local parks.

"Showing outdoor movies in our parks is a great way to bring the community together and provide residents of all ages some local entertainment during the summer months. I love the outdoor theatre that has been built in Bellingham, Washington and I think something similar could work in New Westminster."

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Idea # 21 - Community Police Liaison Officers

Create community police liaison officers to build relationships and develop closer connections with New Westminster's unique neighbourhoods.

"The New Westminster Police Department has a strong history of working closely with local residents on issues of public safety. Appointing Community Liaison Officers would enhance connections with neighbourhoods, and allow our police department to develop even stronger relationships with the community." Jonathan X. Cote

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Idea #20 - Business Ambassador

Create a Business Ambassador at City Hall to support local businesses and make it easier to do business in the City of New Westminster.

"Running a small business is hard work, and we need to find ways to make it easier for local businesses to be supported by the city. A Business Ambassador would be there to make sure working with the city is as easy and straightforward as possible."  Jonathan X. Cote

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Idea # 19 - Create an Online Community Arts and Events Calendar

Create an online Arts and Events Calendar to help promote the various cultural events in our community.

"How do we find out what's going on in New Westminster? Most of us don't have time to scour social media, check out the paper or ask our friends. Our community needs a simple way to find out what's happening—something that organizations can easily update with their exciting events, and that we the community can always rely on." Mary Trentadue, Council Candidate on Team Cote

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Idea #18 - Expanded Loonie Program

Expand the city's Loonie Recreation Program to offer a $1 dollar drop-in recreational program every day of the week.

"We want all New Westminster residents to have access to the city's excellent recreation services. Expanding the Loonie Recreation Program will remove barriers and give everyone a chance to stay active and try new activities." Chinu Das, Council Candidate on Team Cote

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Idea #17 - Free swimming lessons for kids

Encourage more kids to participate in swimming lessons by offering their first series of sessions for free.

"Swimming is an important life skill, and we need to encourage and make it easier for New Westminster families to get their children involved in our excellent swimming lesson programs at Canada Games Pool."   Jonathan Cote

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Idea #16 - Autonomous Vehicle Strategy

Amend the City's Master Transportation Plan to include a strategy to address ongoing advancements in autonomous vehicle technology.

"New Westminster needs to be prepared for emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to make a huge impact on how people get around. It's critical that we begin planning now to ensure our community is ready."  Jonathan Cote

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Idea #15 - Upgrade and Improve Columbia Skytrain Station

Advocate for major improvements to the Columbia Skytrain Station to improve station accessibility and address neighbourhood noise concerns.

"Columbia Skytrain Station is an important and busy rapid transit station in our community, but its current design falls short on meeting the needs of the community. This station needs many upgrades, especially to improve accessibility. We need to make it easier for people of varying levels of mobility to use this important transit hub."  Chinu Das, Council Candidate on Team Cote

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