Councillor McHattie's motion would establish a committee to plan and implement two-way conversions across Wards 1 and 2, starting with Cannon and Queen Street.
By Ryan McGreal
Published August 31, 2012
this article has been updated
The motion would establish a committee to "systematically plan and implement one-way street conversions in the downtown area," starting with a request to fund the conversion of Cannon Street and Queen Street in the 2013 budget.
Members would include McHattie and Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr and members of the City's Public Works Department, and would undertake consultation with community stakeholders - neighbourhood associations, BIAs and other residents.
The motion notes that most of the city's 100+ one-way streets are in wards 1 and 2 but that public opinion is shifting in favour of two-way conversion to benefit local retail business, slow traffic, increase walkability and improve quality of life.
In addition, the 2008 Hamilton Transportation Master Plan recommends several two-way conversions that have not yet been implemented, though the two-way conversions that have been completed, like James, John, York/Wilson, Caroline, Hess and Park, have been successful and have not resulted in any of the predicted negative outcomes.
Following is the full text of the motion:
Committee Date: September 6, 2012
MOVED BY COUNCILLOR B. McHATTIE
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR
Establishment of a Ward 1 and Ward 2 - One-Way to Two-Way Street Implementation Team
Whereas there are over 100 one-way streets remaining in Hamilton;
And Whereas increasingly, there appears to be a strong convergence of public opinion in Hamilton in favour of converting one way street conversion to benefit adjacent retail businesses, slow traffic, improve pedestrian movements, and generally increase liveability in neighbourhoods, especially in Downtown Hamilton;
And whereas the 2008 City of Hamilton Transportation Master Plan included recommendations on a number of one-way street conversions, which have not yet taken place;
And Whereas the one-way street conversions that have taken place (James/John, York/Wilson, Caroline, Hess and Park to be completed soon) have been successful;
And Whereas City staff is generally supportive of one-way conversions, but require strong and unequivocal political support to move ahead with adequate financial resources;
And Whereas, the majority of one-way streets exist in Wards 1 and 2.
Therefore be it resolved:
(a) That a Ward 1 and Ward 2 - One-Way to Two-Way Street Implementation Team be established to systematically plan and implement one-way street conversions in the downtown area, beginning with a project submission to the 2013 budget process for conversion of Cannon Street and Queen Street to two-way streets;
(b) That membership of the Implementation Team consist of the Ward 1 and 2 Councillors and appropriate Public Works staff, and include public consultation with interested individuals and groups including neighbourhood associations, affected residents, Business Improvement Areas and other commercial users, and other interested City Councillors.
Update: If you want to express support formally for this motion, please send an email to Carolyn Biggs, City Clerk, at email Carolyn.Biggs@hamilton.ca - and please send it no later than noon on Wednesday, September 5.
In the body of the email, please direct your comments to the Chair and Members, General Issues Committee.