Supporters of the city's network of one-way thoroughfares brag that Hamilton is a "20-minute city", as Mayor Bob Bratina recently noted on TVO's The Agenda - a city you can drive across in around 20 minutes.
According to Google Maps, it takes around 23 minutes to drive from Eastgate Square to McMaster University through the downtown core. People who oppose turning Main, King and Cannon into complete, two-way streets argue that it will take longer to drive through the city if that happens.
Setting aside the inclination to respond, "Good!", let's look at how that driving time would change using the city's ring highway system instead of driving through downtown. Again, according to Google Maps:
Taking the Red Hill Valley Parkway/Lincoln Alexander Parkway to Hwy 403 takes ... 23 minutes.
Taking the QEW to Hwy 403 takes ... 22 minutes.
Now let's try taking the same trip in reverse, from McMaster to Eastgate. According to Google Maps, it takes 23 minutes if you drive through the downtown. Again, let's compare driving times for alternate routes:
Taking Hwy 403 to the Linc/RHVP takes ... 23 minutes.
Taking Hwy 403 to the QEW takes ... 21 minutes. (In fact, this is the default route Google Maps provides.)
Somebody please explain to me again: why do we need to keep brutalizing our lower city neighbourhoods with high-speed, high-volume one-way thoroughfares now that we have a complete ring highway system?
h/t to RTH reader AnjoMan for pointing this out in a comment this morning
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