Comment 37395

By John Neary (registered) | Posted January 25, 2010 at 17:06:42

Thanks for the link. Somehow urban highways, street-grid-destroying megaprojects, and the utter paucity of on-street bike parking didn't show up as barriers to cycling in Hamilton, but I wrote them in.

The Smart Commute site also has a page about the proposed Open Streets event that got Godwined on this thread. The proposed streets are either King or Main, plus Ferguson.


I live two blocks from Ferguson. It's never busy. I could walk or cycle down the middle of it any day of the week. (In fact, many people do.) And it is a distinctly uninteresting street, with nothing to recommend it for this purpose. (No, fake railway signage and fake interlocking brick are not interesting.)

The whole point of Open Streets is to pick streets that are (1) exciting, and (2) busy enough with automobile traffic on a typical day that walking or cycling on them is a novel experience.

Unfortunately, few north-south streets in Hamilton meet both criteria, although many meet the second one. James and Ottawa do come to mind.

With respect to the bike share program, I think it's a good idea, but changes to the urban fabric would do more to foster cycling culture.

Comment edited by John Neary on 2010-01-25 16:09:18

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