By Adrian Duyzer
Published December 07, 2013
I'm writing this in response to your letter to the editor in today's Hamilton Spectator. You started that letter by writing,
With all due respect to Jennifer Keesmaat, after living here in the Ancaster area for over 30 years, I can tell you that I need personal reasons to travel down into the city of Hamilton.
I find the one-way street grid very easy to navigate to the places and businesses that draw me there.
I believe that spending what will undoubtedly run into millions of dollars for a consultant's report on traffic will be a total waste of money.
Jim, I feel your pain.
Except I feel it about Ancaster - and especially Wilson Street.
Like you, I find that "slowing me up from my destinations" makes me "upset". You can imagine my anger when Lloyd Ferguson officiated at a special ceremony to celebrate Wilson Street's reconstruction where he celebrated its "pedestrian-friendly streetscape"! The street has new crosswalks, benches, landscaping, two-way traffic...it even has bike lanes, for Pete's sake! What kind of a main street has bike lanes?
The end result is that I have to drive slower and I can tell you right now that doesn't just make me upset. It fills me with rage. So you can see how counter-productive this reconstruction really was: far from making Wilson Street safer for pedestrians and cyclists, these people now have to contend with drivers like me who are filled with a hot, righteous and entirely justifiable road rage.
Like you, I believe that "one-way streets are an excellent and efficient way to get to my destinations." As such, Ancaster is completely devoid of excellent and efficient ways to get to my destinations. Does this upset me? You're damn right it upsets me. And it slows me up. And that is not acceptable.
Jim, let's work together. You know what's right for Hamilton's downtown. Let's make it happen in Ancaster too.
Let's get rid of the bike lanes, narrow the sidewalks, and put some one-way thoroughfares with timed lights through the centre of your community. Then maybe I'll see you when I'm driving through at 70 km/hr.
But if you're on foot or on a bicycle, please move to the side. I'll have personal reasons to be there and destinations to visit and if you slow me up, it will make me upset.
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