Comment 70815

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:19:03 in reply to Comment 70808

Yup. If the sidewalks were freakishly wide like that all along the city's one-way streets, I'd have less of a problem with it. It's when you're on a normal-width suburban sidewalk with no boulevard or parking lane or anything between you and traffic. Particularly since most sidewalks lean in towards the road slightly (strollers, anyone)?

I understand the need for Hamilton's downtown highway - both sides of our ring road are cut off from the city - the Linc is up the escarpment and needs the mountain-access bottlenecks to reach, and the 403 is across the Harbour. I don't like it, but I understand why the traffic engineers and many drivers defend it so fiercely.

But at the very least the city has a responsibility to make the sidewalks surrounding this urban highway more pedestrian-friendly. That means more distance between pedestrians and traffic lanes and as many lighted crossings as humanly possible.

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