Articles from December, 2014

My Bike Collision Story: We Need Safe Streets Now, Not Later
We need a cultural shift in Hamilton and we need it now, not after every other city and town has proven that reducing limits is effective.
by Kari Dalnoki-Veress
Published December 31, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (54 comments)

A New Year's Resolution for Social Inclusion
This New Year, resolve to help make Canada a country that takes care of all its citizens.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published December 31, 2014 in Healing Gaia (3 comments)

Swan Song for a Raccoon on York Boulevard
My run through the city, a scared rodent, and a four-lane highway procured a story and (perhaps) an opportunity for reflection.
by Ryan Janssen
Published December 31, 2014 in Commentary (4 comments)

Remembering Eric McGuinness
We owe it to Eric and the many others who want Canadian society to be honest and courageous in confronting this lonely frontier we will all approach, and do the right thing in allowing choices that preserve our dignity.
by Larry Di Ianni
Published December 24, 2014 in People (5 comments)

Will Transportation Policy Ever Translate Into Practice?
All I want for Christmas is for council to take the Rapid Ready report seriously, and put some investment behind it.
by Sean Burak
Published December 23, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (59 comments)

RIP Eric McGuinness
Eric McGuinness lived a life of quiet dignity on his own terms, right to the end.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 22, 2014 in People (3 comments)

Need For Provincial LRT Investment is Both Plain and Obvious
Failure to seize the opportunity for massive provincial capital investment in our transit infrastucture would be devastating for the city.
by Craig Burley
Published December 22, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (10 comments)

Parochial Politics and Modern City Building
It's time that some of our Councillors put their car-dominated thinking behind them, and realized that transit is more important to a modern city than cars.
by John Thompson
Published December 22, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (34 comments)

Review: A Very Leila Christmas
Etamadi inhabits Leila's character with such dedication, fluency and infectious charm that the audience can't help but be smitten with her naive self-confidence and her stumbles over the bizarre gotchas of Western culture.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 21, 2014 in Reviews (1 comment)

Lack of Vision Cripples Hamilton's Transit System
With vision and leadership, our current council could be building legacies worthy of naming rights instead of focusing on potholes.
by Sean Burak
Published December 19, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (49 comments)

Waterdown Widening Another Example of Fiscal Double Standard
I can't help but wonder whether the city's fiscal watchdogs and scolds will raise the alarm about spending over $20 million to widen a single street.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 19, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (29 comments)

Council Needs a Transit Vision
My wish is for Council to come into 2015 ready to make decisions that will be talked and written about in 25 years as catalysts for tremendous growth and success.
by Jason Leach
Published December 19, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (20 comments)

New Hope Community Bikes Looking for Support
New Hope Community Bikes has launched a fundraiser to support their mission to provide affordable bikes and bike repair and safety education.
by RTH Staff
Published December 16, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (3 comments)

A Newcomer's View of the Hamilton LRT Debate
It is to be hoped that a decision on Hamilton's LRT line will be made based on all of the facts, rather than emotion, half-truths, misunderstanding, and political expediency.
by John Thompson
Published December 16, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (41 comments)

Response from MTO on Dangerous Hwy 403 Ramps - Updated
The Transport Ministry is working with the City 'to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety at several interchanges along Highway 403.'
by RTH Staff
Published December 16, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (36 comments)

Mohawk Road East Residents Call for Safer Pedestrian Crossing
63 residents have signed a petition for a safer pedestrian crosswalk at Mall Road and Mohawk Road East.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 16, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (23 comments)

People Getting Around in Winter: A Photo Essay
Hamilton is known as a city of drivers, but we are - and could be - so much more. A healthy city lets its residents choose how to get around instead of forcing everyone to drive.
by Jason Leach
Published December 12, 2014 in City Life (59 comments)

Fix Problems With Bus Lane: Mayor
Mayor Fred Eisenberger plans to bring forward a motion at the December 17 Council meeting that would ask staff to look at options to address problems with the King Street bus lane.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 12, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (47 comments)

City Clearing Bike Lanes After Snowfall
Hamilton is making slow but encouraging progress in building a cycling network, and they have also been maintaining it so far this winter.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 12, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (7 comments)

Planning Meetings With Home Builders Will Go Public
The Planning department will start holding its meetings with the home building industry in public forums.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 12, 2014 in Policy (5 comments)

Helping Councillor Conley Understand Why Council Unanimously Approved Cannon Cycle Track
The Cannon Street Bike Lanes have contributed significantly to the livability and safety along the Cannon corridor. I hope that all Councillors recognize the incredible value that this small expenditure will bring to this City, now and into the future.
by Justin Jones
Published December 11, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (35 comments)

NuSteel and NuDeal Re-Engage Students
These programs teach youth practical, transferable skills, often resulting in economic opportunity, but they also serve as a school re-engagement program.
by Kelly Hilton
Published December 11, 2014 in Commentary (0 comments)

Bus Lane Decisions Need Supporting Context
The citizens of Hamilton need to see from city council how their decisions on our transportation system support their overall vision for the city.
by Jason Morse
Published December 11, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (14 comments)

Time to Commemorate Irish Cholera Victims
Hundreds of Irish cholera victims lie forgotten and unremarked in a mass grave in Burlington Heights.
by Robin De Danann
Published December 11, 2014 in Commentary (6 comments)

My Letter to Council on the Bus Lane, and a Reply from Councillor Whitehead
You're a "whiner" if you acknowledge the problems with the bus lane and advocate fixing them, but not if you advocate scrapping the bus lane altogether.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 10, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (42 comments)

Transit Users Are Our Customers Too
I recognize that there are faults with the pilot program, but that is why it is a pilot - so we can learn from it, change it and correct it, not scrap it.
by Jessica Maurice
Published December 10, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (16 comments)

A Downtown Merchant Supports the Bus Lane
Our one-way road network diverts hundreds if not thousands of cars every day onto King for no good reason. This is the problem, not the bus lane.
by Sean Burak
Published December 09, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (54 comments)

Don't Kill the Bus Lane, Fix It
Gridlock is our future unless we leave the 1970s behind and start learning from the best cities on the planet about multi-modal convenience and options.
by Jason Leach
Published December 09, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (35 comments)

Time for Action on Violence Against Women
We deserve a government that values of all of its citizens.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published December 09, 2014 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

Bus Lane Set Up to Fail?
The city refuses to incorporate changes that would help ensure success while mitigating the issues with parking and automobile traffic flow.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 08, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (55 comments)

Support Food Banks, but Also Support Making Them Obsolete
Food banks were meant to be a short-term support but have become the mainstay for too many of our neighbours living below the poverty line.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published December 08, 2014 in Healing Gaia (3 comments)

Traffic Calming in Strathcona Neighbourhood
The city's new transportation culture is already in evidence in Strathcona neighbourhood, where staff have been busy adding traffic calming and walkability measures.
by RTH Staff
Published December 05, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (14 comments)

Another Bike Collision on Cannon
Given the number of collisions that have taken place at Cannon and Wellington, it makes sense to add high-visibility pavement markings.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 05, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (27 comments)

Meeting with Transportation Managers Heralds a Culture in Transition
Over the past few years I have gotten the sense that the culture in Public Works is changing, and that culture change was in full evidence last night.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 05, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (57 comments)

Contact Your City Councillor or Trustee, Current Edition
Easy contact information for your municipal representatives.
by RTH Staff
Published December 04, 2014 in Politics (11 comments)

A 'No Broken Windows' Policy for Urban Revitalization
Raising minimum standards of external building quality in designated revitalization corridors will help to improve the appeal of the overall streetscape and reinforce the investments made by others.
by Chris Higgins
Published December 04, 2014 in Commentary (26 comments)

Bike Collisions on Cannon Highlight Unmet Need For Intersection Markings
The City persists in choosing to implement inferior made-in-Hamilton design decisions instead of just following evidence-based best practices.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 03, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (33 comments)

Repurpose a Lane of Claremont Access for a Protected Two-Way Cycle Track
If we want to change the way people choose to get around, we need to change the way we design our streets.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 02, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (25 comments)

Reverse the Closure of Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School
Planning decisions by the school board can no longer be made in isolation from needs of the community at large.
by Gary Santucci
Published December 02, 2014 in Special Report: Education (27 comments)

Traffic Chaos Demonstrates Need to Diversify Our Transportation Network
When the supply of lane capacity increases, the quantity of traffic increases to fill it, eliminating the surplus.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 01, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (21 comments)

16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women
Women's rights are human rights. This simple idea needs acknowledgement here at home and globally if we are ever going to eradicate gendered violence.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published December 01, 2014 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

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