Comment 116459

By Jeremy_S (registered) | Posted February 08, 2016 at 17:32:32

This post reminds me of a pet-peeve I have with Hamilton's sidewalks. Why are all the sidewalks here right next to the road? Why no grassy or paved median? I grew up in St. Catharines and almost all the sidewalks there are a few feet away from the road. Major streets and neighbourhood streets alike, with few exceptions. This design is superior because:

1) When you're walking, you're not one swerve away from death.

2) It snows in Ontario, and the snow has to go somewhere. In Hamilton the snow gets pushed to the edge of the road (which demonstrates how over-wide the lanes are) and then work crews will go out with machinery and truck away the snow which costs taxpayers a lot of money every single year. This, in a city with a $200 million infrastructure maintenance deficit. Put a median between the sidewalk and road and you solve 2 problems. Just sayin'

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