Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina has weighed in on the one-way streets issue in a recent post on his blog.
Mayor Bratina argues, "Traffic planning in the 21st Century can't be compared to the conditions in 1956, when the one-way system was implemented in Hamilton," and pointing out that more families now own two cars and fewer people ride biycles or take transit to work.
"That was then," he writes, "and now the picture has changed completely, so decisions on traffic management have to respond to current conditions."
Using the example of paired east-west one-ways Charlton and Herkimer, the Mayor suggests that two-way conversion "would seem to require removal of all parking along Charlton and on the north side of Herkimer" and that it could impact seniors, "who say they had an easier time with the larger and more predictable gap provided when one-way traffic was stopped at the Charlton and Young stoplights."
He concludes, "we will have to plan carefully as we move away from the one-way system of the 1950′s, which I believe is why Council wants to move cautiously with further changes to traffic management."
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