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

Friday, March 29, 2013

How Is McMaster Doing with Parking?


For at least a dozen years, McMaster’s administration has been encouraged to institute measures related to Transportation Demand Management (TDM), starting with McMaster’s “Balanced Transportation Strategy.” 

In 2000 the Board's Planning & Building Committee recommended “the adoption of the strategy comprising the following components:

·      parking supply expansions limited to at-grade only (no garage);
·      participate with the Hamilton Street Railway to subsidize faculty and staff transit passes;
·      assess parking permit rates to make transit more attractive for faculty, staff and students (changes should be implemented before 2003); and
·      implement additional travel demand management 
measures.”

McMaster’s Campus Master Plan (2002, updated 2008) recommends an 18 point TDM strategy which include, in part: 
  • Capping parking levels on North Campus…limiting the increase in peak hour and single-occupancy trips to today’s levels (5.2.1)
  • potentially limit on campus parking to certain groups (5.2.2)
  • improve transit, pedestrian and cycling access (5.2.3)
  • encourage City and HSR to implement a transit strategy to ensure transit routes are efficiently and effectively serving campus and surrounding neighbourhood. “This strategy may also include the development of an HSR turn-around serving the McMaster Community on or adjacent to the campus” (5.2.8)[McMaster’s demand to remove 50 bus trips per day due to a squabble with the city over construction trucks does not reflect well on this subject from a planning perspective[i]]
  • identifies a preferred location for an HSR transit turn-around as north of the Sterling Street entrance (5.2.9)
  •  reduce transit fares for the entire McMaster community, improve service levels, schedule buses to coincide with class schedules (5.2.10)
  • GO service and price improvements (5.2.11)
  • off campus housing coordinated with transit routes (5.2.12)
  • work with city to determine its potential role in accommodating more high occupant vehicle trips to campus… transit priority systems, carpool programs, commuter parking lots around periphery of campus at access points to the HSR (5.2.13)
  • classes will continue to be scheduled evenly throughout the day and week to reduce peaks in parking and travel demand (5.2.14)
  •  increase parking rates (5.2.16)
  • work with city to enforce parking bylaws off campus (5.2.17)
  • carpool program, park closer or at reduced rate (5.2.18)
Given the commanding success and popularity of the undergraduate bus pass, a major omission in the CMP is that there is no mention of 2000’s Balanced Transportation Strategy’s recommendation that a subsidized transit pass for staff and faculty be pursued.