Comment 71816

By downtowninhamilton (registered) | Posted December 02, 2011 at 22:47:02

This kind of thing always seems to happen here. The left hand doesn't know what the right is doing. They go to all this trouble to install a traffic light, then a sign goes up saying you can't cross. Why bother with the stoplight then?

This seems to be commonplace here.

While I don't fully agree on the walkability trumps vehicles idea, I feel it should go morehand in hand. Making it difficult for cars to get through the city will not make drivers stop driving. Having timed lights such as we do allow you to move easily from one end of the city to the other, as long as you're travelling the speed limit. When stopped at red lights, pedestrians should be able to cross safely and easily. That reminds me of a few crosswalks where the time is far too short, but that's a discussion for another time.

I regularly walk all over downtown (usually up as far as Dundurn in the West and to Wentworth on the East, the waterfront on the North and the escarpment on the South) I haven't had problems with traffic rushing by. Sure, sometimes some drivers will floor it but I don't see that too often. Most of the truck traffic has disappeared thanks to the Red Hill and Linc. As well, where exactly are these sidewalks where you cannot walk comfortably 2 people across?

I say this both as someone who has recently taken a keen interest in walking all over the downtown, and as a driver who commutes from Hamilton to Mississauga daily for work.

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