City did col­lab­o­rate on new bike lanes

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: New bike lanes will lead to ac­ci­dents (July 13)

In re­sponse to Anne In­gram’s let­ter in The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor on July 13:

Park­ing Spots: While five me­tered spots were re­moved, more free park­ing spa­ces were added fur­ther west on Charl­ton.

I agree there was a sense of con­fu­sion as the bike lane was un­der con­struc­tion. How­ever, be­fore this change, Charl­ton was a mess and traf­fic speeds were hor­ren­dous. Now the driv­ing lane is clearly marked, as are cy­cling and park­ing spots. Traf­fic speed along Charl­ton has al­ready re­duced (through anec­do­tal feed­back), so one goal of in­stalling these bike lanes has been achieved.

Cy­cling lanes are con­traflow only be­tween MacNab and James on Charl­ton, not along the whole route. This was a com­pro­mise to re­duce dan­ger for cy­clists east­bound on Herkimer — they are en­cour­aged to turn right on MacNab and con­tinue on Charl­ton.

“The City makes the plans”: These bike lanes were the re­sult of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a res­i­dents’ group (span­ning Du­rand and Kirk­endall) and city staff. The neigh­bour­hood as­so­ci­a­tions were sup­port­ive but did not di­rectly drive the process. Pub­lic meet­ings were held for res­i­dents to voice their con­cerns. Over­all, it was a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, and shows what can be achieved when city staff and res­i­dents work to­gether.

Street de­sign is rel­e­vant to ev­ery­one. Change is al­ways dif­fi­cult, but it’s amaz­ing to see the progress we are mak­ing to­ward more in­clu­sive streets. Frances Mur­ray, Hamil­ton

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