Comment 116115

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted January 18, 2016 at 13:25:30

I was at a meeting of the Hamilton Cycling Committee when it was suggested that the barrier be moved to provide a protected cycle lane. Staff response was that this barrier protected cyclists from falling rocks.

My suggestion was that we run a “risk priority experiment.” People would have a choice about which side of the barrier to cycle on. Signs would warn of the danger due to falling rocks on one side and of the danger due to being people crushed by motor vehicles on the other side. Then we could set up automatic counters and see which danger people considered the greatest.

My suggestion was not acted upon, but it seems to me to be a valuable experiment. I would be willing to bet upon which danger most people would consider more serious. But it is good to have actual data.

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