Comment 88548

By AnjoMan (registered) | Posted May 09, 2013 at 14:53:19 in reply to Comment 88542

I see what your saying, but I have two pushbacks:

  1. What are the 'better, legal ways of going about this'? Residents have in the past campaigned for over a year in order to have a simple crosswalk installed. All the examples that Public Works gives of projects on the books are in fact multi-year plans that don't necessarily show any indication of materializing. What should we do to get the corners at Locke and Herkimer bumped out? I'm just not sure its really that easy to accomplish through legitimate channels (i.e. public works).

  2. It is true that these make-shift road features might not be properly planned or thought through - as you mentioned, the cones for example might be hard to navigate if you are in a wheelchair (although lets be honest, it wouldn't be that hard to do so that they were not a problem). However, it is blatantly obvious that the streets of Hamilton have serious flaws in terms of safety as well as flexibility of design - guess who is responsible for this? Public Works. The fact of the matter is that the road features we have currently can be attributed to the last 50+ years of Hamilton Public Works purposely designing and building them, and they are not if Tactical Urbanism is unsafe, than maybe we should be calling the cops on our public works department while we are at it?

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