Comment 77218

By Jimmy-James (anonymous) | Posted May 23, 2012 at 14:22:25

Interesting article. I don't agree with the premise at all. I always thought that safety trumps convenience and had assumed one way streets were safer for pedestrians.

I tried for 10-15 minutes to find evidence for or against one-way streets in a downtown core area, but found no scientific data that supported either argument. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence being passed along but I have yet to see a convincing literature review regarding the efficiency or safety of one way streets.

I have to wonder if convenience or safety can be used as arguments (for or against one-ways) if there is no evidence supporting either cause.

I did find a number of measures that Hamilton could easily implement to improve pedestrian safety, as it has been mentioned that walking next to busy city streets can leave a pedestrian feeling uneasy. I wonder if instead of one-ways we focus on pedestrian separation and visibility or vehicle speeds as measures to make the downtown core more pedestrian friendly and accessible.

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