Comment 92555

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted September 24, 2013 at 09:23:11

These are really excellent changes: it seems that the traffic department is now listening to what residents actually want for their streets in their neighbourhoods. Maybe they just weren't sure whether those pushing for complete streets, and safe convenient routes for pedestrians actually had strong support in the community. Or maybe it is just a generational shift. Or maybe the wave of complete street engineering designs that has been sweeping Europe, the USA and Canada has finally reached Hamilton.

In any case, this is wonderful news! And I am hopeful that we can move from minor changes (painting zebra stripes in addition to parallel white lines) to more fundamental changes like street diets, pedestrians crossings where crossing pedestrians are indicated to have right of way (which they already do in law) and an overall re-evaluation of how much real estate needs to be devoted to driving and storing cars, especially in the urban core.

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