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By jason (registered) | Posted June 07, 2011 at 10:15:04

Great post. I was at that area the other day and paid a lot of attention to my surroundings due to the recent death that occurred there. When I left I could only shake my head at all the commentary on RTH and other sites by (presumably) people who live in Hamilton arguing that those intersections are wonderfully designed for pedestrians and calm traffic flow. It's a total nightmare, and among some of the worst engineering you'll ever see. And that's saying something in a city with the 5 lane Main/403 ramp mess and countless other crazy feats of engineering that deserve to be in some world hall of shame.
May I boldly suggest that we fire every engineer on staff who has had a hand in designing stuff like this, and instead allow a volunteer committee of citizens design our transportation network. The result would be a simple, straightforward, easy to navigate road/sidewalk/transit/cycling system that makes sense and is safe. Why? Because I've come to the conclusion that citizens who live, walk, drive and work in the city 365 days a year with their loved ones care more about safety than anyone else. Plus, the lack of 'formal training' (leading to crazy overdesigning) means we'd get streets designed like this:

Instead of this:

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