The predicted rain and thunder stayed away this morning, so that over 40 community members could come together at the Hamilton General Hospital (corner of Barton and Victoria) to celebrate the official launch of the Friendly Streets pilot project. Amidst the roar of rumbling, speeding trucks down Victoria, we communicated the message to friends, supporters, community stakeholders, and media that our city is eager for calmer, friendlier streets to support cycling and walking. We heard from Councillor Green (ward 3) and Councillor Farr (ward 2) about some of the work the city is doing to this end. Rebekah Jackson-Gravely, a Hamilton Health Sciences employee and liaison with Smart Commute, shared a few words concerning some of her efforts at the hospital to promote carpooling, secure bike parking, and more. Then Beasley resident, John Neary, offered some comments concerning the issues that this location faces when it comes to active transportation, including the lack of connectivity of infrastructure to support these modes of travel. After refreshments, we headed out in two groups to do a street audit of the area.
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