Hamilton City Councillors can no longer keep their heads buried and try to pretend that Hamilton doesn't have a traffic speed problem.
We've seen six people killed trying to cross Hamilton's freeway-style roads in the past three months. How long will city hall continue to put the rights (please let me know what they are) of our pieces of "metal on tires" ahead of human beings?
Today's accident on Main East was directly in front of my office. There are several blocks of residential street and bus stops with no stoplights for many, many blocks. The street is four lanes, one-way and still has timed lights.
Two way streets, fewer lanes and first and foremost, the simple task of flipping the switches to de-synchronize the lights are essential to the health of our city neighbourhoods.
It's time for Hamilton's residents who are still lucky enough to be alive to make their voices heard. Email every councillor and the mayor's office until something is done. Not talked about, but actually done.
I'm sick and tired of seeing all the bouquets of flowers taped onto street poles. And we wonder why businesses in our urban lower city don't survive or thrive.
People have to take their life into their hands just to walk down the street.
Governments have a responsibility to do the right thing and protect their citizens. People can call it "too much government" but the last time I checked, automobiles don't have rights in the Canadian Charter. People do.
Mayor Eisenberger and City Council: the buck stops with you. Ban through trucks from lower Hamilton and give us a real balanced transportation system.
Highways are for speeding cars. Retail and local neighbourhood streets are for people.
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