Our city's vision is so narrow that even the cycling committee sees cycling as something to be controlled rather than encouraged.
By Jason Leach
Published August 09, 2013
I can't tell you how many of my neighbours have been begging for speed humps in our neighbourhood due to the dangerous automobile driving here. Our councillor is supportive, but getting anything that actually slows speeding cars down through City Hall is a nightmare.
Motor vehicle collisions cause around 2,000 deaths and 10,000 serious injuries each year in Canada. Speeding motorists are a real, measurable danger to themselves and everyone else on the road, but it's almost impossible to get speed humps on Hamilton streets.
But speaking of speed bumps, an April 2013 report [PDF] from Hamilton's Cycling Committee addresses the issue of "cyclists speeding on the Beach Strip":
members discussed ideas to address speeding cyclists on this multi-use trail including improved etiquette signage and even possible speed-humps by Hutch's.
Cyclists are "speeding" on the Beach Strip and the solution they propose is speed humps? Seriously, this city is so backwards. Keep in mind, this is our cycling committee. This isn't some meeting being run by anti-bike suburban councillors.
We actually have a spot in the city with lots of enthusiastic cyclists and pedestrians. Let's look to enhance their experience even more, not slap speed humps onto a shared path that is clearly too narrow.
Here's an idea: how about a second pathway? One can be for people moving faster, like cyclists, and the other can be for people moving slower, like pedestrians and joggers. That's what they do in Toronto:
Separate walking and cycling trails on Toronto's beach strip (Image Credit: boldts.net)
I would love a wooden boardwalk all along our Beach Strip from the residential district back to Confederation Park. But our city's vision is so narrow that even the cycling committee sees cycling as something to be controlled rather than encouraged.
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