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By calder12 (registered) - website | Posted June 16, 2014 at 11:54:58

My question when it comes to the call for increased infrastructure for cyclists is the weather. I'm certainly not against the ideas forwarded, and those bus stops are an excellent idea, but the situation in Hamilton is that cycling is really only a viable option for around 50% of the year for the majority of people. So how much money do we spend, and how much congestion does lost car lanes create for the benefit of better cycling for half a year or less?

Imagine those bus stops on King, Main or worse a two way street like Queenston. You're going to lose minimum one lane of traffic, likely two all year round. Traffic in this city is already bad and not getting better by the recent decisions put in place. Things like that horrendous bus lane down town, the decision years ago to add more street parking down town at the cost of car lanes.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for greener transportation and a healthier population, but we have to be careful not to make the city a disaster (more of a disaster) to operate cars and trucks in, we can't afford to hurt businesses or make the city a less attractive destination for people. There has to be a balance, that's something that I think gets overlooked regularly when looking at things like this and anyone that brings it up gets labelled a villain for somehow being against green transportation or safe cycling.

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