63 residents have signed a petition for a safer pedestrian crosswalk at Mall Road and Mohawk Road East.
By Ryan McGreal
Published December 16, 2014
Too often, the debate over safe, inclusive streets in Hamilton gets framed as a downtown-vs-suburbs issue. This is unfortunate, since safer, more accessible public space should be a goal that everyone can share. So it's encouraging to see a community organization on the east Mountain calling for pedestrian improvements at a busy intersection near a seniors' residence.
63 residents of the building at 395 Mohawk Road East signed a petition calling for increased police enforcement and a new "No right turn on red" sign on Mall Road at the intersection of Mohawk Road East.
The petition reads:
WHEREAS, We the tenants of 395 Mohawk Road East are concerned for our safety at the south-east corner crosswalk and stop light at the intersection of Mohawk Road East and Mall Road. Many seniors have almost been hit by cars whose drivers don't look both ways at the red light, and who have no respect for pedestrians who are crossing with the light.
We the undersigned, petition the Hamilton Police Services Board as follows:
A) Ticket drivers of cars who turn right without looking
B) Install a "No right turn on red" sign at the intersection of Mall Road and Mohawk Road East.
According to Martin White, manager of Traffic Operations and Engineering in the City's Public Works Department, staff have received a copy of the petition and "are awaiting Council's direction in this matter."
David Ferguson, superintendent of Traffic Engineering, also notes that there are already plans in progress to rebuild the intersection in 2015 "to realign with 396 Mohawk Road and improve crossings and operations."
The petition will be presented to Council at the November 17, 2014 Council Meeting. You can acess the petition and signatures under Item 5.10, Communications.
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