By RTH Staff
Published January 15, 2010
The Executive of the Strathcona Community Council recently sent a letter to Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie expressing support for the planned inclusion of bike lanes on Dundurn St. S. and hope that the bike lanes can form part of a continuous bike lane network that improves transportation choice between York Blvd and Aberdeen Ave.
Here is the text of the letter.
The Executive of the Strathcona Community Council is writing to you on behalf of our neighbourhood to express our support of the planned bicycle lanes on Dundurn St. South and our enthusiasm at their impending construction.
Strathcona has an interest in Dundurn St. S. bike lanes, as we hope to have bike lanes designated on Dundurn St. N. as part of our Transportation Management Plan and would certainly benefit from a continuous cycling network that could get residents north of Main St. to destinations to the south.
Neighbourhood divisions are merely artificial boundaries on a map. The more convenient it is for us to frequent businesses that may be technically outside the neighbourhood, the more likely it is for us to do so.
We understand that there is some merchant objection to the Dundurn St. S. bike lanes. We would remind these merchants that a continuous bicycle lane from York Blvd to Aberdeen will provide safer, more efficient transportation for a number of the residents of our neighbourhood who prefer not to or cannot drive. A conveniently located bike rack near the front doors will encourage patronage all the more.
The City of Hamilton’s Transportation Master Plan states a goal of reducing vehicle-kilometres by 20% and increasing pedestrian and cycling trips from 6% (2001) to 15% (long-term objective). The plan aims to achieve this goal by offering “a choice of integrated travel modes, emphasizing active transportation (walking and cycling), public transit and carpooling.”
We believe that Dundurn St. S. bicycle lanes are a necessary step to implementing the City’s Transportation Master Plan. Not only will the bike lanes enhance the infrastructure for cyclists, but they will make the streetscape more pedestrian-friendly.
We look forward to similar initiatives being implemented in the Strathcona neighbourhood.
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