Comment 80399

By Steelcitygirl (anonymous) | Posted September 04, 2012 at 13:22:40

Chair and Members, General Issues Committee,

I am watching, with great interest, how our city council handles the issue of conversion of one-way to two-way streets. I live on the mountain but I have, in the past, worked in the downtown. I can tell you that there were many times when I was crossing major arteries that I feared for my life, due to the volume and high speed of the traffic on Main and King. I also witnessed several close calls.

It has been proven that one-way streets, combined with synchronized traffic lights, serve only those that are looking to move through the area quickly. Two-way streets slow traffic and put less emphasis on moving as many cars through as possible, making it much safer for pedestrians.

According to an article in the National Post, the consulting firm, Urban Strategies, stated “Two-way roads would help to ‘normalize’ the streets, by slowing traffic, creating a greater choice of routes, improving wayfinding, creating a more inviting address for residential and commercial investment and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists”. (The next line in the article stated “In 2005, even Hamilton, Ont., began to end its addiction to fast-flowing urban streets by cutting the ribbon on two-way traffic on some of its most prominent thoroughfares” which did make me chuckle.)

I urge you to support Councillor McHattie’s proposal to establish a One Way to Two Way Street Implementation Team.

Kind regards,

Lori-Anne Cunningham

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