By Adrian Duyzer
Published December 10, 2012
The Hamilton Spectator ran an op-ed piece I wrote in today's Hamilton Spectator. The piece builds on a blog post I wrote a few days ago, City's Lack Of Pedestrian Infrastructure Claims Another Life.
MacLeod, who lived across the street in an apartment building, would wait — sometimes for 30 minutes! — for a gap in traffic to safely cross to visit her brother at St. Joseph’s Villa or to access her bus stop. Her concerned son wanted her to take a cab, but she was independent and enjoyed the exercise.
Now she has died, struck by a car while simply trying to cross the street.
It’s a familiar story in Hamilton: a clearly dangerous situation for pedestrians; a city policy that favours drivers while inconveniencing or even putting at risk everyone else; a community whose pleas for change are ignored or put off. And, ultimately, a preventable tragedy.
It's simply unacceptable that this has happened and continues to happen.
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