By Jason Leach
Published May 28, 2010
Here at RTH, we care about the overall health of our great city more than the rocket speed of your commute - although we do spend a lot of time discussing how important it is that everyone in all modes of transportation has the opportunity for a quick, safe commute.
So, allow me to give this article in today's Spectator a proper headline and deck:
Barren downtown streets start revival
Stretches of York, Wilson with highway style alignment will be replaced with a new streetscape that will be welcoming for pedestrians and business.
I guess the revitalization of downtown Hamilton is a nuisance, depending on your civic priorities.
Bravo to the city for undertaking this project and helping to add one more piece to the livability puzzle in our urban neighbourhoods.
I am also thrilled to hear that Wilson will be converted to two-way use from James to Victoria.
Yesterday, while on Wilson in this stretch, I saw some young girls playing out in front of their home. They looked to be in the 6-8 years age range and their parents were sitting on the front porch watching them.
While colouring with chalk on the sidewalk - something all kids enjoy doing - a transport truck traveling 60 km/hr drove past the children in the curb lane.
The children were safely on the sidewalk and truck driver was driving according to the rules of the road, but here is where the actual road system is extremely dangerous.
The truck came within two feet of one of the girls heads as she bent over towards the street side of the sidewalk. The truck was solidly in its lane and the child was firmly on the sidewalk, yet the margin of error was around two feet from a horrendous accident.
And yet we're only supposed to be concerned about 'commuter headaches'?
I had previously heard that the Wilson/Cannon two-way conversions would include bike lanes in both directions on both streets. Let's hope that is still the case and we can take some steps to enhancing the safety and quality of life for the residents in these neighbourhoods.
Surely the upper management at City Hall, the Spec and Chamber of Commerce wouldn't allow such danger to exist in their neighbourhoods.
Let's celebrate this upcoming change that will drastically improve the safety and quality of life in downtown Hamilton.
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