Saturday, May 16, 2015

The future of parking at McMaster University: audio from CFMU 93.3fm

TLC initiated a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan for McMaster University, with the McMaster Institute on Transportation and Logistics taking on the TDM planning with support from McMaster administration.

On the campus radio show Morningfile on 93.3 CFMU, Terry Sullivan of McMaster parking, and Mathias Sweet of MITL talk about the process.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

McMaster: tell us about your commute!

This event is a very exciting step in the direction of developing a TDM for McMaster (Transportation Demand Management plan) that initiated with TLC just over two years ago.

Lots happened behind the scenes to bring us to this point. Please participate and help McMaster manage transportation for the future so as to make efficient use of non-automotive modes like cycling, bike share, walking, car-pooling, and car sharing.

Reducing parking demand at McMaster opens up space for alternative uses: see Restore Cootes for a great example.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Wholly Mary

When TLC started as an all volunteer citizen activist group, we always desired to see support for alternatives to Single Occupancy Vehicle use more widely spread, and this is a perfect example of that impetus.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SoBi It

Hamilton's public bike share system is launching this July with 750 bicycles and over 100 stations! Please sign up for the SoBi Hamilton email list in order to receive occasional updates, including announcements, deals, promotions, and system updates. Eager to ride? Founding Memberships are available now, with great perks to show our thanks. Regular memberships will be available to the general public on May 26th.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

walk review

Notice of Project Completion for the Pedestrian Mobility Plan
Review period ends January 18

The City of Hamilton has completed the following study and related policy reports:
  • Pedestrian Mobility Plan
  • Pedestrian Signal Program
  • Traffic Calming Policy

The Pedestrian Mobility Plan (PMP) addresses pedestrian planning and design across the City of Hamilton for citizens with varying mobility abilities and needs. This plan documents the recommended implementation approach that the City will apply to projects in the future.

The studies noted above will be available for public and agency review for a review
period starting from December 5, 2013 to January 18, 2014.

The reports will be available for review at 77 James Street North, Suite 400 as well as at the following locations:

Westdale Library
955 King Street West

Central Library
55 York Boulevard

Information about the Pedestrian Mobility Plan, the Traffic Calming Policy and the Pedestrian Signal Program is available at

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Lost on Longwood?

Councillor Brian McHattie, 
City of Hamilton

RE: Longwood Road Environmental Project Report Notice of Project Completion

Dear Councillor McHattie,

I am writing on behalf of Transportation for Liveable Communities (TLC) to voice our extreme dissatisfaction with the notice of completion for the Longwood Road environmental project report.

The City of Hamilton has a unique opportunity to seize on McMaster University’s expansion into Longwood Road and the potential to attract numerous young professionals who can further invigorate the Kirkendall neighborhood. Such young professional have made it loud and clear that they seek to live and work in lively communities where they can walk and bike.

Despite the assertion in the city report, there are no solid MTO plans in the near future that involve widening highway 403, according to the MTO’s “Southern Highways Program 2012 to 2016.” Planning for such a project would not even begin until after 2016. 

Disappointedly, the city’s plan for Longwood Road uses future highway widening as reason to create a people-hostile 5-lane highway on Longwood, with inappropriate accommodation of pedestrian and cyclists. Moreover, the plan effectively is to do nothing in the foreseeable future despite latent demand which requires immediate accommodation of safe pedestrian and cyclist routes.  
Our vision for Longwood Road is simple, sensible and feasible: wide sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the road, from its start at Princess Point in the north to its terminus at similar people-friendly facilities on Aberdeen Ave. Only such a plan would accommodate the people who wish to live and work in Kirkendall and the McMaster Innovation Park. In our vision, we could readily travel by foot and bike between the Innovation Park and neighborhood destinations at all directions, including Westdale and McMaster University.

We find it absurd that, even though the motivation for the Longwood Road environmental project was “a need for enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access and improved safety along the existing corridor” (quotation taken from the project Problem and Opportunity Statement), it has resulted in a backward conclusion reflecting mid-Twentieth Century car-centric thinking that fails to adequately address the Problem and Opportunity statement.

Giving that the notice of completion makes it clear that we have been blocked from appealing with a part II order, TLC intends to take other available democratic actions to advance the local cause of sustainable transportation. Such actions will include wide broadcasting of the fact that plans for the major transportation corridor to the McMaster Innovation Park are anything but innovative. We hope to find allies in the McMaster community including McMaster Innovation Park so that the best interests of this new facility are served by a multi-modal transportation network.

Sincerely yours,

Randy Kay

Dr. Patrick Deane, President, McMaster University
Mr. Zach Douglas, President and CEO, McMaster Innovation Park

TLC is a citizen-powered advocacy group formed in 2000 that seeks to improve conditions and infrastructure that supports and actively encourages healthy and sustainable transportation modes, including walking, transit, cycling and car pooling.