Transportation

QEW-Style Carnage on City Streets

By Jason Leach
Published November 08, 2006

I just spoke with a co-worker here who was nailed on Main St on Monday. Her car is mashed up and she's lucky to not be more seriously hurt.

When she was driving down Main, a guy tried to turn right from the second lane by swerving right in front of her (she was in the curb lane). Again, there's no such thing as small fender benders in downtown Hamilton: it's QEW-style carnage right on the doorstep of schools, homes, businesses, kids on bikes, pedestrians and - not surprisingly ­ dead and empty retail buildings.

Will Hamilton city council continue to allow this destruction and death to continue on our streets or will someone please show some leadership and allow our city to function like a proper city, not a maze of LA-style highways?

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By Frank (registered) | Posted November 12, 2006 at 00:42:37

Once again, it's not the road's that are the problem as much as the idiots that are driving the roads. No matter what happens people are going to find ways to do stupid things on the roads no matter what they're built like. Perhaps a change of attitude is in order? Oh and here's at tip a lot of drivers could use... You know that stick on the left hand side of your steering wheel? It does more than turn ur headlights on it actually is a signal light and you can use it to let people know which way you're planning on going!!! Neat eh?

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted November 12, 2006 at 13:31:22

Frank, it may seem like "common sense" that drivers and not roads are the real problem, but the actual evidence on roads and accidents is that wide, straight, fast roads (in other words, "safe" road") have significantly higher rates of accidents, serious injuries, and deaths.

By contrast, roads with two-way traffic, narrow lanes, curbside parallel parking, street trees, etc., have lower accident rates and lower rates of serious injury and death.

In other words, we have straightforward empirical, measurable evidence that it really is the roads that are the problem.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 20, 2007 at 09:11:31

The reason people are more inclined to travel fast on roads is only because of the first set of your criteria - width. As lanewidths increase, users feel more comfortable and this results in the "fast" part. If a road is narrow, straight or crooked, people go slower. Take narrowing for construction activities as an example. So once again, it's not the roads, it's the users that are the problem. If the users followed the rules of the road, i.e. not speeding, changing lanes properly, etc. there wouldn't be accidents regardless of the road configuration.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 20, 2007 at 09:11:50

Oops that's Frank...not Ryan. Sorry man.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 20, 2007 at 09:12:16

Ok, trying this one more time...

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 20, 2007 at 09:12:44

haha, no matter what name I put in as screen name it comes up as Ryan...interesting. What else can I say? ;)

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