The piecemeal conversion of Hamilton streets continues today with another 650 metre section
By Ryan McGreal
Published September 27, 2018
As part of City Council's commitment to converting Hamilton's network of one-way streets back to two-way before the heat death of the universe, today the City is converting a section of Park Street North between Cannon Street West and Barton Street West, a distance of 650 metres.
A section of Park Street North (highlighted in yellow) is being converted to two-way today (Image Credit: Google Maps)
According to the City, there will be no changes to existing local curbside parking regulations as a result of the conversion.
The sections of Park Street between Barton and Murray Street and between Cannon and York Boulevard are already two-way.
This piecemeal approach to two-way conversion will be familiar to observers who have been urging the City to move more quickly.
Park between Cannon and York was converted to two-way in December 2010, along with York Boulevard/Wilson Street between Bay Street North and Ferguson Avenue North.
A block east, MacNab Street North was converted to two-way between Cannon and Burlington Street West in June 2013.
A few blocks further east, part of Rebecca Street was converted between John Street North and Wellington Street North in November 2014. Three years later, part of Hughson Street was converted between Wilson and Barton and part of King William Street was converted between John Street North and Mary Street in August 2017.
More recently, the plan to convert part of John Street North between Strachan Street East and Burlington Street East to two-way was rejected by local residents. Instead, they expressed a strong preference for a protected two-way cycle track that would directly reach Bennetto School, St. Lawrence Catholic School and Bennetto Community Centre while connecting to the Waterfront.
The two-way conversion did not go ahead, but this is still a good-news story: a cycle track was just installed last week and is physically protected by rubber curbing.
New two-way cycle track on John Street North (Image Credit: Jason Thorne)
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