By Abram Bergen
Published December 18, 2013
This morning's early delivery, while still dark, to Cafe Oranje from Cake & Loaf Bakery was interesting. Normally these early deliveries are nice - quiet and peaceful. But with the state of our streets as they are, it was less so.
While arterial streets were more or less cleared, with snow consigned to the curb lanes, residential streets were in varying states of mess.
Dundurn, a street that has cycling infrastructure south of Main, had its bike lanes turned into mere snow repositories. Only where snow was cleared to facilitate car parking were these lanes not filled high with snow.
Markland, a rather common cycling route for us when doing east to west routes south of Main, was entirely unusable, its contraflow bike lane piled high with snow.
Snow clearing is not what Hamilton does well, generally. Facilitating year-round active transportation is clearly not a priority. This needs to change.
Whether for walking or cycling, we need to ensure first that these modes of travel are safe. These are the most basic modes of transportation, as also the cheapest, the most universal, and the healthiest for both individual and society; in short, the most human.
Walking, cycling and transit should be top priority. We can do better!
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