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We are also concerned with improving pedestrian and cyclist safety, but these are the options we would prefer to spend our money on:

• Speed bumps at each end of the bridge (and on other roads in the subdivision).

• More and better street lighting.

• Caution signs regarding pedestrian and cyclist safety.

• Addition of a sidewalk to the edge of the existing two-way bridge.

• A stand-alone pedestrian bridge.

A pedestrian bridge in addition to a two-lane vehicular bridge would be a step forward, not backwards, with pedestrians, cyclists and motorists all winning. It might cost more, but would be an attractive, as well as functional improvement to this subdivision and to Whistler.

White Gold is a delightful subdivision, and has been part of Whistler since its early days. An important reason that owners bought here was its easy access to the village, and that is one of its best assets. Furthermore, White Gold is long overdue for capital improvements.

We urge you to listen to our voice as long-standing, loyal residents of White Gold subdivision, an area we love. Let's make not only White Gold better, but Whistler better.

Don and Echo-Marie Fawkes

Whistler

It is difficult to understand Intrawest's lack of interest in promoting their natural setting, i.e. hiking to Flute Mountain. It would be a major irreversible mistake if they alter the Flute area in anyway. I know it is now under their control but I am willing to fight to preserve this area.

It is ridiculous that access to Garibaldi Park and the nature experience is continually being snubbed by Intrawest and the resort. They can even make money if the approach was the right way. Europe has been coexisting with its mountains for centuries in this manner, and we can do it better. Whistler is still in the early stages of creating a living and working relationship with its natural surrounding. The resort and Intrawest have the amazing opportunity to take what we have learned from the rest of the world. The opportunity is to recognize this asset and to properly promote and gently develop the tourist experience in the backcountry. It is a huge, sustainable, win-win for everyone.

The Musical Bump(s) are gone. Oboe Mountain will be the only remaining untouched peak left in the Piccolo, Flute, Oboe Musical Bumps group, one of the most historical and spectacular high alpine ridge walks in the world.

Making memories? On my fourth hike to Flute summit last summer I met a solo senior hiker from Texas. Knowing of the spectacular view of Cheakamus Lake visible from Flute I guided him to the vantage point 200 metres from the summit. He was emotionally moved by it's beauty. He said to me "I had six hours to spend in Whistler. I couldn't have done anything better."

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