Imagine a trail that encircles the city and connects with the Hamilton-Caledonia Trail, Chedoke Radial Trail, Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail, Red Hill Trail, Escarpment Rail Trail and several conservation areas and parks.
By Jason Leach
Published March 04, 2014
I'm working on a couple of active lifestyle/green infrastructure ideas for the Hammer. Here's the first one, and it should be super-simple: a mixed-use walking/cycling path along our entire hydro corridor.
It starts at Olympic Drive in Dundas, which, along with York Road, should be rebuilt with protected bike lanes right over to York Boulevard. Talk about prime access to the Dundas Eco-Park!
Now follow the hydro corridor south to the base of the Escarpment. This is the only part that would require a significant investment in the form of a large switchback cycling/walking bridge up the side of the Escarpment and over (or under) Hwy 403 terminating at the Scenic Drive entrance to the Chedoke Rail Trail.
Think of a multi-use path version of Lombard Street in San Francisco:
Lombard Street, San Francisco (Image Credit: World Atlas)
From here, it continues south along the hydro corridor to south of Rymal. The corridor then heads east to roughly Pritchard Road, then north to Rosedale Park.
From Rosedale it heads north to Strathearne and the CN line. I'm guessing there is space on the south side of the CN corridor to extend the trail over to the Red Hill Trail, which already exists over the QEW to the Beach Strip.
Even without the Escarpment crossing switchback, which I think would become an instant landmark and favoured running/cycling route, this greenway literally encircles the entire city. It's a multi-ward recreation trail on land that is already there and available for such a use.
In fact, on this entire hydro corridor there are already rough pathways after years of people using them to go for walks. Considering the entire route is within the urban area, it can be used for commuting too.
It connects with the Hamilton-Caledonia Trail, Chedoke Radial Trail, Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail, Red Hill Trail, Escarpment Rail Trail and several conservation areas and parks.
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