The biggest stumbling block to true bicycle integration in Hamilton is our reluctance to transform our main arteries (Main, King, Cannon, Fennell, Mohawk, Bay, etc.) so that they invite cycling rather than repel it.
Today's Spectator editorial says that to do this would require "extensive calming measures and probably reconstruction to an unrealistic degree."
That's talking like traffic engineers. And they, incredibly, are calling the shots on bike routes in Hamilton.
Traffic-engineering culture remains enamoured of one-way streets (Main, King, etc.) and big wide, multi-lane two-ways (Fennell, Mohawk, etc.), all of which which promote auto-speed and and biking discouragement.
It is precisely our main arteries that need changing if we are to have a more bikeable (and more walkable and liveable) city.
Revert to two-way and reduce the number of lanes. This is good for bikers and even better for business - look at James St. North.
Or look at Toronto. It is tackling Jarvis and Bloor. Other major arteries will surely follow.
Montreal, New York ... and a growing list of other cities are doing the same.
Bikers want to bike on the main, not "secondary" arteries, as the Spectator recommends. That is where the action is, or should be. Now.
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