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.


Subscribe to the mailing list: http://bit.ly/sobiha-list
Purchase a Founding Membership: http://bit.ly/sobiha-founder

More information: http://sobihamilton.ca/

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 http://www.hamilton.ca/PedestrianMP
.

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

CC 
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.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Yes We Cannon!

Cannon East, Google Maps Street View
Transportation for Liveable Communities is happy to be supporting the Yes We Cannon campaign for bi-directional bike lanes the length of Cannon Street.

TLC reps recently met with Justin Jones of Yes We Cannon to share information and to donate $100.00 to the campaign. We were mightily impressed with the many hours they are putting in as volunteers to see this happen, and obviously very well organanized with lots of community support. Thanks to Justin and the Yes We Cannon team!

TLC hopes our active base will help spread the word if you haven't already, and get friends and family to support the cause! TLC will be writing a letter of support in the near future.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Bike for Mike Ride


FYI: 

The third annual Mike Ride is happening on Sunday, May 5 at Hamilton's Bayfront Park. The Mike Ride raises awareness of cycling in the city while raising funds for projects that help make Hamilton a more cycle-friendly city. The major initiative is Mike's Bikes, an effort to ensure every child in Hamilton can have a bike. Last year Mike's Bikes provided over 100 bikes to children and their families in Hamilton. Please join us on May 5 for a beautiful ride and to raise money for a worthy cause!
For more information and to watch a short video about the event please visit: http://bikeformike.org