Walkability Fail

Walkability Fail at Queen and Herkimer

By Anders Knudsen
Published March 19, 2010

This one gets on my nerves constantly. You're walking along Queen St. S., minding your own business, and suddenly you're diverted onto Herkimer St. Now try to cross Herkimer from the east side of Queen.

Going North to south, you either need to navigate a steady stream of cars, or if a gap appears, you face Herkimer traffic hurtling across Queen going downtown.

Want to get safely to the west side of Queen? Back up 75 metres.

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By Mr Optimistic (anonymous) | Posted March 19, 2010 at 17:16:37

How about a "Walkability Pass" series to focus on things we should emulate throughout the city!

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 19, 2010 at 17:26:08

How about a "Walkability Pass" series

Excellent idea; though internet memeology requires that we call it "Walkability Win".

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By kdslote (registered) | Posted March 19, 2010 at 22:47:23

This one frustrates me so much...usually I'm crossing from the southeast corner to the west side. There is a curb cut on the southeast corner, then another directly across on the island...but nothing between the island and Queen. Not to mention that there is a road sign blocking the view of southbound Queen St traffic when trying to make it safely across. On top of this, trying to judge whether cars on Herkimer are turning right onto Queen or jogging 'straight' to stay on Herkimer makes it even more of a challenge. Yup, this one is an epic walkability fail.

Interesting side note...ever wonder why so many of the streets in Hamilton don't line up (aside from destructive 1960s renewal)? Apparently when the British were laying out our grid, they used some sort of metal chain to measure out concession roads and side roads. Over time the chain would stretch and the distance would change resulting in several roads that don't line up.

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted March 22, 2010 at 09:52:41

Why don't they just put a southbound stop sign on queen?

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By jason (registered) | Posted March 22, 2010 at 10:49:34

Why don't they just put a southbound stop sign on queen?

cause that would means the cars have to stop.

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By TreyS (registered) | Posted March 23, 2010 at 15:37:17

^ comment Win!

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