Modifications to Glenside Bike Path through Chedoke Golf Course

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 07, 2012

A week ago, RTH reported that the City is going ahead with the Glenside bike path after the plan was appealed to the environmental Review Tribunal in 2010. The Tribunal rejected the claim of the appellants and upheld the approval of the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) on the grounds that the City's plan does accord with the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act.

Map of the multi-use trail, marked in blue (click on the image to view full-size)
Map of the multi-use trail, marked in blue (click on the image to view full-size)

Daryl Bender, Alternative Transportation Project Manager for the City of Hamilton, was kind enough to provide additional details on changes to the plan that the City is implementing in response to the appeal.

According to Bender, "the Environmental Review Tribunal stressed a few items for the NEC to be mindful of as they review the final plans in order to issue the final approval: specifically, a vegetation buffer for two adjacent properties, additional drainage details, and required consultation with adjoining landowners."

As such, the City is reducing the width of the trail from 4.5 metres to 4 metres along one section to make room for a wider vegetative buffer and to reduce disruption of tree roots. In addition, the landscaping plan, which the NEC still needs to approve, will entail tree plantings "that will foster regeneration of native tree species in the area".

Perhaps the most significant change is the decision to remove the fencing from around the trail, which came as a result of discussions between residents and Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie. This decision was made after the City submitted its application to the NEC but before the submission was reviewed, "so that is why the NEC submission shows the fencing."

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By TerryCooke (registered) | Posted June 07, 2012 at 08:26:47

good for city staff and Councillor McHattie, a nice addition to the network and the neighbourhood. also great job on the section west of 403 as well. cheers.

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By Aerostat (anonymous) | Posted June 07, 2012 at 14:01:48

And this is a bike path on the northern lip of the golf course?

There's a lesson in this for anyone who pines for an incline railway: You'd be better off with HSR airships.

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted June 07, 2012 at 22:25:54 in reply to Comment 78103

Funny you should say that - I have always said that an aerial tram would be much more sensible for us than a return of the incline. Way cheaper, way faster, and probably way more fun.

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By Aerostat (anonymous) | Posted June 08, 2012 at 06:17:01 in reply to Comment 78152

Considering the baying that goes on whenever someone suggests raising HSR fare by a dime, I'd be interested to see the business argument. Portland's tram is, what, $4 round trip? And this would in all likelihood be in addition to HSR...

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