Presentation: Complete Two-Way Streets in Hamilton

By Ryan McGreal
Published October 24, 2012

Last night, I had the honour of giving a presentation on complete, two-way streets to the Durand Neighbourhood Association at their Annual General Meeting. You can see a copy of the presentation slides.

To advance through the slides on a mobile touchscreen device, just tap the slide.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By jason (registered) | Posted October 24, 2012 at 09:45:14

fantastic work! Amazing how simple it really is to bring balance and enhance the quality of life and business for everyone.

Also, I'm tired of the whole "we can't touch Main or King until we know what's happening with LRT" attitude. LRT is many years away, if ever. That's no excuse to leave these main downtown streets in their horrendous condition. Main St needs to lose a lane or two immediately. York is 2 lanes west of Dundurn and 2 lanes east of Queen, but 3 each way in the middle. Why?? Let's install protected bike lanes immediately. Not after 9 years of study.

Streets like Catharine, Bay, Wellington, Victoria, Sanford, Wentworth etc..... can be converted very quickly too with no traffic problems. In fact, traffic will flow better with options, and streets that still have leafy residential neighbourhoods such as Catharine, Bay, Wellington, Victoria etc... can become safer and more liveable.

I've been reading the updates to Portland's downtown plan recently and it really hits home how far behind we're falling. We have no downtown least not one being actively worked on. I'm sure there's one collecting dust on a shelf somewhere. Portland is world renowned for its downtown renewal and isn't content to get lazy and sit on their success..they continue to work towards the future. It's time for Hamilton citizens to demand the same.

Enjoy all 3 sections from this link:

Comment edited by jason on 2012-10-24 09:45:42

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By Core-B (registered) | Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:02:20

I don't know if I'm doing something wrong but the slides presentation link just loads the initial title page. Does it require flash, because I'm using an iPad? Not an issue for me because I saw it live in all its glory but I would be sad if other iPad users didn't get to see it.

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By jason (registered) | Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:06:48

took me a while to figure out simply need to click on the image and it jumps to the next page

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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:15:35

Ooh, nice javascript-driven slideshow. Neat. Slide 12 could use more clarity - it starts out with a header about 2-way streets but then goes into the cons of 1-way streets - starting out with "1-way street problems" would be more clear.

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