Comment 26120

By Bee (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2008 at 22:44:04

My situation is somewhat like Ben's. I started living in this city at various locations on the mountain. Downtown was alien to me, and the one-ways nothing more than thoroughfares. It's only when I started working and eventually living near King and Main that I realised just how damaging these streets really are. It's particularly bad where Main and King intersect Dundurn. This and many other problems are due to a lack of choice. Anyone with a destination in this area must drive farther and make more unnecessary turns than if the streets permitted more variety in routing.

I am committed to cycling to work year round, and have done so for the past three years. Again, due to lack of choice, I am forced to ride on Main and King, admittedly bending the traffic laws simply to survive the five lanes of terror.

Hamilton seems well on its way to planning and implementing a rapid transit system. I beg of you, when planning the routes and the reduced vehicular traffic, to consider two-way streets in the design. This one-two punch will surely be the key to revitalising our downtown and put Hamilton back on the road to prosperity.

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