By Ryan McGreal
Published December 21, 2010
this blog entry has been updated
Let's say you're heading north on James past the blank, cartoony walls of the City Centre, and you decide you want to make a left turn onto the newly two-way-minted York Blvd.
Well, forget about it.
No left turn from James onto York
Okay, so maybe left turns are a bit tricky, what with the requirement of a dedicated left-turn lane so that no one behind you has to wait even a few seconds to proceed straight through the intersection.
So instead, let's say you're heading south on James and decide you want to make a right turn onto the newly two-way-minted York Blvd. Surely a right turn from a two-way street onto another two-way street is uncontroversial, even in Hamilton.
No right turn from James onto York
Yes, in classical Hamilton fashion, we've managed to engineer York Blvd into a TWINO: Two-Way In Name Only. Three of the street's four lanes still run east - including an obligatory left-turn lane so it's actually possible to turn from York onto James.
Only one lane runs west - and it's apparently forbidden to turn westward onto York if you aren't already on it. I'm not quite sure how that works.
Perhaps, like the cyclists expected to teleport from the terminated bike lane on York at Dundurn to the resurrected bike lane on York at Queen, cars can teleport onto York and drive the few blocks from there.
There is a silver lining, however: transport trucks driving through the city are still allowed to drive south on James and turn left onto Wilson.
Truck route on Wilson
And that's how we "put people first" in Hamilton.
Update: the turning directions on the no turn sign photos were originally mislabeled. Thanks to the intrepid RTH reader who pointed this out.