First, Mayor Fred shocked Hamilton by calling for a pedestrian-focused and car-free downtown core. Then Terry Cooke called for an end to Hamilton's confusing and community-killing maze of one-way streets.
Who knows what will be suggested next? Has the world gone crazy?
The next step will likely be a free public lecture on Monday February 25 at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
Gil Penalosa has been putting pedestrians and cyclists first for years. As Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogota in Colombia, Gil was essential in launching the Cyclovia, a network of streets closed to private vehicles but open to walking, cycling, rollerblading and street life.
In challenging conventional thinking, he discovered that "opening" the streets was good for community, fitness, air quality, climate change and the economy.
How can Hamilton learn from this and other examples? What could our city look like if we put walking and cycling first? Come out on Monday night and find out.
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