Portland doesn't have 'best place to raise a child' as its official slogan, but they are light years ahead of us in achieving that goal.
By Jason Leach
Published January 25, 2013
Check out this page from the Portland, Oregon Bureau of Transportation. Scroll through the list on the left for examples of traffic management, i.e. traffic restriction and reduction.
This is the Portland Bureau of Transportation explaining all of their methods to calm traffic so that neighbourhoods can become safer for cycling/walking and more livable for families.
They don't have "best place to raise a child" as their official slogan, but trust me, they are light years ahead of us in achieving that goal.
Give me action on the ground instead of slogans on letterhead any day of the week.
I would love to see partial access restricting right turns on certain streets in my neighbourhood. Right turns onto Strathcona from York are incredibly dangerous. We almost lost a couple kids while we lived there.
People still act like they are on Highway 403 and the curbs are cut like a highway ramp - similar to Sean Burak's observations in a recent article.
I would also like to see speed humps on Peter Street to Brian due to the short-cutters that roar through the neighbourhood. I'd love to see a curb extension built preventing right turns onto Peter from Queen - this is the source of the bad speeding.
People don't want to stay on Queen to King so they fly through our neighbourhood. By the time they are done with stop signs and slower streets, I'm convinced they haven't saved any time, but they still do it.
Let's get serious about quality of life in Hamilton.
The following video is a typical end of school day scene in Portland. I witnessed this with my own eyes last fall when I was there. It's an amazing sight to see:
Please note: this is not a special event like 'Open Streets'. This is the normal, everyday end of school trek home all through urban/inner city Portland.
In Portland, the traffic engineers understand that traffic means people, not people in cars.
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