By Jason Leach
Published April 04, 2007
I came across an interesting document today regarding the installation of new traffic signals (PDF link) throughout Hamilton.
The main things I noticed are the following:
Most locations identified are areas with busy car traffic but very little pedestrian traffic. I think this shows our values.
There is only one location in all of Ward 3 that was even requested to be studied for a new signal and it wasn't on Main or King - it was Gage and Maplewood.
Does this councillor not know that people are being killed on King and Main with too much regularity?
Once again, highlighting our values, two locations that I'm very familiar with Main and Strathcona and York and Strathcona. Both received insanely low scores when they were evaluated for a new signal.
I suppose all the pedestrians running for their lives to catch a bus or head down to Locke Street for breakfast don't count in these scoring systems. Traffic speeds along and therefore everything is deemed to be fine.
Ryan's recent piece in the Spec highlights the wrong thinking being used by our politicians and planners. Downtown streets are for living, not speeding to a big box store.
Go check out Main and Strathcona sometime. If that location doesn't warrant a stoplight, nowhere in Hamilton does.
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