Articles from July, 2014

Two Lanes Closed on Main, No Gridlock
Surely there must be some low-cost options to 'share' the excess space on Main Street and make it more accessible to everyone.
by Bob Berberick
Published July 30, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (89 comments)

Much-Needed Improvements Coming to Hunter Street
Hunter Street is becoming a little bit safer and more accommodating for pedestrians and cyclists, but there are still low-hanging opportunities for further improvement.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 29, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (35 comments)

A Hamilton Family Discovers Cycling in Copenhagen
We recently visited Copenhagen, the capital of cycling today. What a place! There are bikes everywhere.
by Matt Jackson
Published July 29, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (12 comments)

No LRT Funding Announcement After Meeting With Minister Del Duca
The Transport Minister acknowledged that Council has submitted a comprehensive LRT plan but would not provide an answer on whether full capital funding for rapid transit will apply to the city's plan.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 25, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (20 comments)

Don't Let the City's Future be Decided Behind Closed Doors
The worst thing that could happen as a result of today's meeting between Mayor Bratina and the Transport Minister is that the Province ends up making the City an offer it can't accept.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 25, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (5 comments)

More Head-Scratching LRT Responses From Mayor Bratina
Through his consistent pattern of misinformation, the mayor has utterly squandered any moral authority to speak on Hamilton's behalf with respect to LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 24, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (8 comments)

Ward 2 Residents Vote for Safe Crossing at Charlton and Wentworth
A pedestrian-activated traffic signal for trail users across Wentworth at Charlton will be funded by the Ward 2 area rating fund after voters picked it as a winning proposal in the participatory budget.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 24, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (10 comments)

Bizarre LRT Op-Ed Ignores Community Engagement, Political Commitment
Hamilton Light Rail has engaged in years of extensive community outreach, making presentations to community groups across the city and building support.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published July 24, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (24 comments)

Mayor Replying to Letters of Support for LRT
We cannot afford to let Bratina continue to hijack the agenda for transformative change in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 23, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (42 comments)

Show Your Support for LRT
The City's LRT plan is ready for provincial funding. Tell the Province to keep its promise to fund LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 21, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (80 comments)

No Way to Know Whether Painted Crosswalks Reduce Injuries
The City is only releasing 'safe' data: data sets that can be used for fun apps but do not provide for any critical review of governance, policy, or finances.
by Joey Coleman
Published July 20, 2014 in Special Report: Open Public Data (10 comments)

Confessions of a Nervous Cyclist
For a casual cyclist to make a short journey by bike in this city, you need a level of preparation, route planning savvy and confidence that creates a huge barrier to the introductory rider.
by Jason Allen
Published July 18, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (37 comments)

The Fringe is Coming
From July 17 to the 27, the Hamilton Fringe Festival will be in full swing, celebrating 11 years of accessible theatre.
by Kevin Somers
Published July 16, 2014 in Entertainment and Sports (2 comments)

LRT Meeting with Transport Minister Must be Open and Public
It is totally inappropriate for Mayor Bratina to hold a secret meeting with Minister Del Duca on a Provincial commitment to LRT, especially after Bratina's own history of misrepresenting Council's LRT position.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 16, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (15 comments)

Open Streets: People Enjoying Public Space
Open Street is different from events like Supercrawl: it's not a highly organized festival, it's a public space that everyone can enjoy.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 15, 2014 in Events (13 comments)

Clark Wrongly Claims LRT Plan Lacks Detailed Design Work
This is one of the most studied and pre-designed, pre-consulted projects in the city's history!
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published July 10, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (22 comments)

Climate Change, Rising Energy Prices, and the LIC Solution
Local improvement charges is a financing program that can help us use less energy without compromising our budget, while making our homes more comfortable.
by Joy Liu
Published July 10, 2014 in Special Report: Climate Change (13 comments)

Hamilton's LRT Plan is Already Comprehensive and Detailed
We have been ready for a funding commitment since early 2013. The time for confusing and delaying the issue is over.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 09, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (5 comments)

Comparing LRT and BRT For the B-Line
If we are going to invest in rapid transit, we should aim to maximize the potential for net benefits.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 09, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (61 comments)

Two National Anthems, Two Toy American Flags, Seven Canadian Flags (various sizes), and a Headless Giraffe
I confess to being puzzled at the attention 'field stripping' gets, compared to 'field assembly'. I'm not the world's handiest guy but I'm nearly always able to make a machine break into its components. It's putting the pieces back together that trips me
by Mark Fenton
Published July 07, 2014 in Photo Essay (0 comments)

Charges Pending in Alarming Single Vehicle Collision on Main Near Victoria
Debris from the bus shelter was thrown over 30 metres onto the lawn of a long-term care home across the street, and glass covered the entire intersection.
by Joey Coleman
Published July 06, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (62 comments)

John and King Unsafe for Pedestrians
Despite a policy to support walking, vehicular travel lanes are consistently given top priority whether we consider permanent infrastructure design or temporary closures for construction.
by Sean Burak
Published July 06, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (12 comments)

Let's Go Dutch Part III: Dutch Bike Lane Design
For bike lane design, one of the key elements of conflict that must be removed to ensure safety is the threat of dooring.
by Kevin Love
Published July 04, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (15 comments)

Cyclists Do Not Get a Free Ride
It's wrong-headed to claim that investing in high quality cycling infrastructure is some nice-to-have luxury that we can't afford.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 03, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (21 comments)

RTH Retires Blog Entries, Continues Articles
For years we have had separate articles and blog entries without a particularly good reason for the distinction.
by Ryan McGreal
Published July 02, 2014 in Site Notes (11 comments)

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