By Jason Leach
Published July 04, 2012
Bike lanes. New sidewalks. Accessible, pedestrian-friendly streetscaping. New pedestrian crossings. Benches. Trees. Landscaping. Two-way traffic. Protection of heritage buildings.
And the enthusiastic support of an "absolutely thrilled" Councillor Lloyd Ferguson?
The City just unveiled a newly reopened Wilson Street between Fiddler's Green Road and Halson Street, fresh off four months of comprehensive redevelopment.
It's great for Ancaster that its central business district will now benefit from a complete streets approach that accommodates all road users and benefits local business. Hamilton is a city of many communities and we need to support all of them to deliver the best possible quality of life and opportunities.
Now that Councillor Ferguson seems to understand the role of complete, healthy streets in community building and economic well being, let's hope he can apply that understanding to downtown Hamilton's struggling thoroughfares.
Right now they're totally car-centric: multi-lane one-way traffic flows, timed lights, skinny sidewalks, no bike lanes, and street retail businesses barely hanging onto life.
All we want is what every successful urban central business district has: complete, balanced, walkable streets that are safe for pedestrians, welcoming for cyclists and good for business.