‘Traf­fic calm­ing’ one more de­liv­ery de­lay

RE: Time to go all-in on Hamil­ton LRT (July 20)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

I agree with the writer’s en­thu­si­asm for the LRT and con­cerns for ac­cess from sur­round­ing ar­eas, but I would plead for bal­anced de­vel­op­ment for all trav­ellers. I vol­un­teer for Meals-on-Wheels and our abil­ity to get din­ners de­liv­ered is af­fected by traf­fic-calm­ing mea­sures. Whether it is speed bumps, adding stop signs, nar­row­ing streets or lower speed lim­its, it takes longer to get around. The lower city, with its ir­ra­tional col­lec­tion of one-way streets, has al­ways been a chal­lenge, but I fear the reper­cus­sions of well-in­ten­tioned traf­fic calm­ing, not to men­tion the ef­fects of LRT con­struc­tion. I make this plea not just for us, but the courier and the postal driv­ers, the driv­ers de­liv­er­ing to cor­ner stores, the am­bu­lance driv­ers and the garbage col­lec­tors. Pedes­tri­ans are im­por­tant and more work­ers and shop­pers in the core could be en­cour­aged to walk and use tran­sit but they are not the only ones mov­ing in the core. John Vick­ers, Hamil­ton

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