The City of Hamilton has launched a Pedestrian Master Plan process that will, when completed, compile and finalize "pedestrian safety, policies, design guidelines, standards, programs, and list of capital improvement projects including an implementation schedule with costs and anticipated funding needs."
Whether this Pedestrian Master Plan will produce a real, tangible shift in the City's transportation priorities away from traffic-flow-at-all-costs remains to be seen. Until now, real walkability in Hamilton has taken a back seat to what we must call driveability.
In the meantime, staff have produced an interactive map in which residents can identify and describe pedestrian problem areas and opportunities for improvement:
The text pane on the left side of the map explains how to log in and help complete the picture. If you need inspiration, RTH has been compiling walkability failures over the past year.
If you're not sold on the relationship between walkability and livability - and the corrosive role of heavy automobile traffic in making streets livable - be sure to watch this introduction to Donald Appleyard's Liveable Streets research, produced by the always-impressive Streetfilms:
(h/t to Metrohamilton for finding the video)
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