Guelph, On, August 28, 2013 – Guelph’s Downtown Nightlife Task Force will launch the Safe Semester project this Saturday, August 31, 2013.
The project is designed to create a safe and enjoyable environment for downtown patrons including the expected influx of students starting school in Guelph next week.
“Our community looks forward to students returning each year in the fall,” says Guelph’s Chief of Police, Bryan Larkin. “Safe Semester is one part of making that return as smooth as it can be for both students and other residents.”
The task force — which includes representatives from the Downtown Guelph Business Association, the Guelph Police Service, the University of Guelph, the City’s by-law compliance and enforcement, public works, downtown renewal, and transit departments, the Downtown Residents’ Neighbourhood Association and several downtown businesses — is working to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and drivers getting in and out of downtown on weekends, and to prevent littering, public urination and other nuisances.
What to expect on weekends downtown
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.:
- Macdonell Street will be closed to traffic between the Macdonell parking lot and the West Parkade.
- Wyndham Street will be closed to traffic between Carden Street and Cork Street.
- One accessible portable washroom will be placed at Guelph Central Station.
- One accessible portable washroom will be placed in the Macdonell Street parking lot.
- One taxi stand will be located on Carden Street at Macdonell.
- All parking lots remain open and accessible.
“We’re hoping the changes in traffic flow will prevent collisions and increase safety for people walking and driving downtown,” says Allister McILveen, Guelph’s traffic and parking manager. “We want everyone to get home quickly and safely at the end of the night.”
Safe Semester will run until Saturday, September 28, 2013.
For more information
About the Safe Semester Project
Chief of Police
Guelph Police Service
519-824-1212 extension 210
About road closures and parking
Allister McILveen, Manager
Traffic and Parking
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2275