See Cannon Street as it could be - a place the community can be proud of.
By Justin Jones
Published September 05, 2013
At today's General Issues Committee meeting, Hamilton City Councillors will hear a delegation from Yes We Cannon presenting them with the opinions and signatures from over 2,300 Hamilton citizens.
The vision for Cannon Street we're putting forward is one where Cannon street changes from being simply a piece of infrastructure that serves to move vehicles at high speeds through our neighbourhoods to one that connects them.
We envision a street that is a part of the community, where city life can play out, where residents are comfortable letting their children walk down the sidewalks, and where all road users can move safely and effectively from where they are to where they need to go.
We've been getting a lot of feedback from Hamilton residents, and almost all of it has been positive. We also feel that a picture is worth a thousand words, so we're happy to share these visioning images with all Hamilton residents.
Here you see Cannon street as it is now - an expanse of concrete that carries very low traffic volumes compared to other Hamilton streets at high speeds through lights that are times to keep them moving quickly.
Cannon Street, view 1
Cannon Street, view 2
Cannon Street, view 3
And here we see Cannon as it could be - a place the community can be proud of.
Cannon Street, view 1 with protected bike lanes
Cannon Street, view 2 with protected bike lanes
Cannon Street, view 3 with protected bike lanes
Cannon could be a showpiece to highlight our city's commitment to active transportation to the thousands of visitors that will flow into our city for the Pan Am games in less than two years, a safe space for children and parents to ride to school, work, the grocery store or their neighbour's house, a welcoming place for residents and tourists alike to ride Hamilton's shiny new bike share bikes (when they arrive), and a safe, effective active transportation corridor through the lower city.
The bidirectional, segregated cycling facility proposed here is the best and safest option for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, and it also works regardless of whether Cannon remains a one-way street (hopefully with parking time restrictions removed on the north side, providing additional protection for pedestrians) or goes to a two-way street.
Cannon Street, view 1 with protected bike lanes and two-way automobile traffic
Cannon Street, view 2 with protected bike lanes and two-way automobile traffic
Cannon Street, view 3 with protected bike lanes and two-way automobile traffic
As it is now, Cannon is not a welcoming street - it's a place where you aren't made to feel welcome unless you're behind the wheel of a car or a truck.
As we see it, Cannon street gains greenery with planters segregating the bike lanes from vehicular traffic, gains protection for pedestrians on the sidewalks and becomes a much more walkable, livable street.
We know which vision for the street we'd choose - and we hope that council makes the same choice.
Big thanks to Jeremy Johnston for creating these renderings.
You can watch a livestream of today's GIC meeting courtesy of Joey Coleman.
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