Comment 31954

By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted June 19, 2009 at 22:23:27

I am writing today about the cycling plan that is coming before council. I am sure that most of your residents may have a hard time understanding the need for this to go through. Your area is very rural and many would depend on vehicles.

My main issues are poverty, workers rights and food security. We learned at the Foodstaker Holder's launch, that many in the rural areas are struggling themselves, maybe more awareness around this issue needs to come to light, not just those in downtown Hamilton. Those that struggle where ever in our community need to reach out to each other.

I used to bike quite often and in the past have rode out in your area, up to the Binbrook Conservation area. If one cannot afford a car, then what options do they have to get around. A safe biking system would be great for all the residents. Those who are on Ontario Works cannot afford to take the bus and this does restrict job search options and capabilities.

Some people like myself who used to bike for hours could ride out toward that area for a day. Anyways, from an environmental perspective, it is the right thing to do.

I give the example of the rail trail, it can connect areas. It would be great if a trail could go right into the town of Binbrook, it could bring tourist dollars, people do have to stop and get somethng to eat or drink or even just to browse around or calls from mother nature.

It is your job to bring the issues to light, to bring the connections between two areas, city and rural.

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