I am a mother of two children, aged seven and nine. I am
also a home daycare provider for five children from the ages of
one to five. Daily we are outside, going for walks, biking,
using the trails, and heading to the nearby park.
It is my responsibility to care for these children at all
times and we practice excellent street safety while on the
roads. As a rule, whenever a vehicle approaches, we stop.
In most cases, drivers of the vehicles slow down and pass by
us slowly.  (But) on many occasions, there have been cars,
landscaping trucks, building-supply vehicles (to name a few)
speed past us without regard.  If one of the children in
my care happened to run out to the road or were to fall, these
vehicles would not have enough time to stop.
The roads in Lo-Ellen Park - where we live - have no
sidewalks and are quite narrow with winding blind corners in
some areas.  Often we are forced to scramble to the
shoulder to avoid these speeding oncoming vehicles.
When Greater Sudbury buses approach, it is even scarier as
they have little room to pass when other vehicles approach from
the opposite direction. Where do we go?  Yes, back to the
ditch and gulleys at the roadside.
I have grave concerns that the proposed construction for a
large apartment/condo style complex in this area and the
resultant impact on traffic in the area.  This will
increase construction and public traffic on these area roads to
1,300 vehicles per day.
My concerns are not only for my children or those that I
care for, but also for the hundreds of school children
accessing Lo-Ellen Park High School and RL Beattie Public
School.  There are also other day cares and leisure
organizations in the area.
All residents should have an effective voice regarding
this and other proposed developments.  Adequate
consultation and impact analyses should be required and clearly
communicated to the public before any any construction is
allowed to proceed. Any failure to do so is a public safety
hazard that will likely lead to an unnecessary tragic event.