Comment 110316

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 19, 2015 at 13:39:12 in reply to Comment 110315

I never claimed it was an engineering "standard": the minimum sidewalk standard may well be similar to Hamilton's actual widths. But this minimum width is not what is actually used in US downtowns and urban areas

I claimed that I observed that in practice it in US downtown areas to have sidewalks far larger than what we have here. I've been in Minneapolis, Boulder, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Berkeley and San Francisco recently and I've seen personally that they have very wide sidewalks in their downtowns. In other words, in the US they install very wide sidewalks systematically in their downtowns and urban areas.

See

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Temple+Square/@40.7672389,-111.8927621,99m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x8752f508e4890ee9:0x8c57d6417504663d

The Salt Lake sidewalks are typically between 6m and 9m wide according to Google maps measurement (6m seems to be pretty standard).

https://www.google.ca/maps/@37.8588955,-122.2594975,103m/data=!3m1!1e3

4.25m in Berkeley

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Pittsburgh,+PA,+USA/@40.4435917,-79.9990399,100m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x8834f16f48068503:0x8df915a15aa21b34

3.5m in Pittsburgh

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Minneapolis,+MN,+USA/@44.9753887,-93.267869,93m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x52b333909377bbbd:0x939fc9842f7aee07

8.5 m in Minneapolis

In contrast, roughly 2.2m on Main St in downtown Hamilton next to 5 lanes of fast one way traffic. And it is only 1.2m on the southeast corner of Queen and Main!

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Hamilton,+ON/@43.2567552,-79.8758722,95m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x882c986c27de778f:0x2b6aee56d8df0e21

Even on James St near King William the sidewalk is only about 3.5m

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-03-19 13:59:57

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