Comment 106381

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted November 20, 2014 at 17:50:59 in reply to Comment 106376

"Main" and "minor" are not street classifications (neither are "residential" or "through street") in Hamilton.

And the classification of all streets in a neighbourhood, which apparently started in Hamilton in Durand in 1987 has no obvious justification:

"In the 1987 Durand Neighbourhood Plan, streets were classified into Major Arterials, Minor Arterials, Collectors, Locals, Pedestrian Oriented Streets, Major Alley Links and Minor Alley Links. Research conducted for the 2002 Durand Neighbourhood Traffic Study did not reveal any background on how this classification system was developed nor could any official definition of “pedestrian oriented links” be found."


"In 2001/2002, the City of Hamilton also produced a Draft Specifications for Road Classifications. These Draft Specifications are reproduced as Exhibit 2.2 and Exhibit 2.3. These have not been adopted as official policy, but have been used on some recent studies as guidelines."

This document suggests the main reason for adopting systematic street classifications was to determine minimum right of way widths.

In other words, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with streets "connecting".

The point I was trying to make is that the current classification of Herkimer and Charlton is not set in stone, and could be changed, if it is going to be used as an excuse not to introduce traffic calming measures or add pedestrian crossings.

And, remember, these streets would still be usable to get to destinations ... they would just move at safer speeds for everyone (there are also a lot of vehicle accidents!)

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-11-20 17:51:29

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