By Jason Leach
Published May 07, 2012
A letter to the editor in today's Spectator calls the intersection of King Street West and Dundurn Street a "death trap":
The first day after the installation of the new bike lane on Dundurn Street, I barely avoided a collision when the car on my left noticed his lane had to turn left on King Street and decided to move into my lane.
First of all, King and Dundurn has been a death trap for decades. This isn't news in the slightest. The five-lane expressway we call King Street is the culprit.
Second, this letter is a great argument for a continuous bicycle lane network:
I am really concerned that an already dangerous intersection is turning into a death trap while partial bicycle lanes cause havoc.
Fragmentary bike lanes that start and stop and re-appear are confusing and dangerous for everyone on the road.
As Adrian Duyzer points out in his essay on last week's On The Cusp event, Hamilton is at risk of falling further and further behind other cities despite some good things happening slowly.
I've traveled twice this year to regions in the US as far away as Florida and as close as the Capital Region in New York, and it's very apparent how quickly other cities are surpassing us by having the courage to rid themselves of one-way death traps, adding bike lanes everywhere, easing up zoning restrictions and encouraging street life and business.
Here, we continue to hold summits to talk about how wonderful those ideas are.