Comment 89644

By JustinJones (registered) - website | Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:56:44

It should also be added that by building a cycling network like this, we would place ourselves in an elite group of cities who are prioritizing cycling and livability. We would see creative professionals flock to Hamilton, would see new jobs created and would generally see a much more prosperous city.

It's also worth noting that in Waterloo, they estimate that a 1% modal shift from car to bike will save them $30 Million over 10 years in road maintenance costs. A network like what is being proposed would, in all likelihood, result in a much more significant modal shift than 1% - the payback time would likely be 15-20 years, and the benefits to our city, our health, our neighbourhoods and our economy would last for generations.

We need to start pressuring Council NOW to make this a priority - to start attracting skilled, creative individuals to Hamilton, to making it a safer place for all road users, to moving towards truly becoming "the best place in Canada to raise a child" - before other municipalities in our region leave us in the dust.

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