Friendly Streets Summit

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Hamilton Public Library
55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Hamilton Room

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Join us for the FRIENDLY STREETS SUMMIT to wrap up the pilot phase of the project and to celebrate the progress that was accomplished in 2017.

What to expect:
-Overview summary presentation of the pilot and next steps for the project
-Sneak peak of our Friendly Streets Toolkit
-Stories from community participants in the pilot neighbourhoods
-Networking opportunity for residents and stakeholders from across all sectors

This is a free event. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact 905-549-0900 or friendlystreetshamilton@gmail.com for more details.

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Bay St. Bike Lanes are Open!

Friday, October 27 marks the official opening of the bike lanes on Bay St!  This route will connect Aberdeen Avenue to the Cannon St. cycle track and the Waterfront.  The bike lane is physically separated by rubber curbing and knock-down bollards between Hunter St. and Cannon St., which will increase the safety and enjoyableness of this route for all riders.  While physically separated, the bike lanes could see

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Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Eleanor McMahon, shared about the provincial government’s commitment to investing in cycling infrastructure and supporting policies that will make it safer for people on bikes.  She highlighted that bike infrastructure is key to healthy, connected, and productive communities.

According to recent findings, millennials drive 40% less than other generations.  Making downtown cores as walkable and bikeable as possible will be crucial to attracting more people to live, and spend more time, in urban areas.

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Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Ward 2 City Councillor Jason Farr, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon, and MPP Ted McMeekin cut the red ribbon before the group ride took off towards the Waterfront.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we saw this many riders each day in bike lanes across Hamilton?  What a vision.  We all need to work together to make that vision a reality.  It’s very exciting to see Hamilton invest in infrastructure that makes it safe for all road users to get around.

For a comprehensive block-by-block preview of the bike lanes, please read Ryan McGreal’s piece on Raise the Hammer.

Grand Opening: Bay Street Bike Lanes

It’s an exciting week for people on bikes in Hamilton!  The bike lanes on Bay Street will be officially opened this Friday.  Join the celebration on October 27 at City Hall.

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Need a refresher on your bike and tips for safety?  Bike training will be offer on Thurs, Oct 26 at City Hall in preparation for the opening of Bay St. bike lanes.

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Understanding Policy, Planning & Design: Improving the Walking and Cycling Experience: Workshop

Workshop Nov 1

How does municipal policy, planning, and design intersect with community aspirations? How can policy, planning, and design improve the walking and cycling experience in Hamilton?
Following a presentation by Neluka Leanage, Planner/Designer/Researcher from University of Waterloo, roundtable hands-on discussion will cover these topics:
1. Using design thinking, create experiential journey mapping at 4 different scales to identify modes of travel, routes, strengths, and weaknesses in and around the Beasley Neighbourhood / Hamilton General Hospital area.
2. Identify capacities and interventions. How might we build and implement friendly streets for everyone in that area?

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Neighbourhood Traffic Calming 101

A great event with lots of probing questions from participants! Thanks to David Ferguson, Superintendent of Traffic Engineering at the City of Hamilton for an overview of steps involved when investigating traffic-related requests, such as traffic calming measures. Turns out that the City would like to move away from the street by street, issue by issue approach to dealing with traffic calming requests, and instead invite neighbourhoods to form working groups that cover neighbourhoods–eh, Friendly Streets Cafes anyone? Because that’s what we are proposing. Dave says that the city is planning to work on the principles of Vision Zero (not sure why they don’t adopt this as policy).

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With David Ferguson

Streets should be safe for all ages and abilities to walk and cycle. If you’ve ever wanted to request a traffic calming measure in your neighbourhood but are confused by the formal process for doing so, check this out:

Screen Shot 2017-10-22 at 4.13.45 PMMost traffic related information at the City is found under https://www.hamilton.ca/streets-transportation/driving-traffic.  There are links listed on the left hand side of the page e.g. pedestrian crossovers, etc. for the public to refer to. Continue reading “Neighbourhood Traffic Calming 101”

Neighbourhood Traffic Calming 101

Neighbourhood Traffic Calming 101

Here’s what you will learn:

Neighbourhood Traffic Calming 101
A workshop hosted by Community Skill Building Network and Friendly Streets Hamilton

Streets should be safe for all ages and abilities to walk and cycle. If you’ve ever wanted to request a traffic calming measure in your neighbourhood but are confused by the formal process for doing so, please join us on Thursday, October 19th for a capacity-building workshop.

What to expect:
The workshop covers understanding the City’s Traffic Calming Management Policy and Strategic Road Safety Program. It will provide a detailed overview of the current process and structure by which the City responds to neighbourhood traffic issues or requests for traffic calming measures. You will also learn about how you can engage with your neighbours and neighbourhood association to secure safer streets for walking and cycling.

Following a presentation by David Ferguson, Superintendent of Traffic Engineering – City of Hamilton, roundtable hands-on, discussions will cover these topics:
1. What are the various traffic calming designs and how do you prioritize them at the neighbourhood-level?
2. Conduct a street audit to evaluate the safety and vibrancy of the intersection of James St. N. and Barton St. W.
3. Design a form or process for a Neighbourhood Traffic Management Plan
4. Redesign a street that is safe for walking and cycling

DATE AND TIME
Thursday, October 19th
6:30 – 8:30PM

LOCATION
294 James St. N (Evergreen Storefront).

 

Walk, Wheel, Wear Yellow: October 4!

Screen Shot 2017-10-03 at 1.56.26 PMOn Wear Yellow Day (WYD) students, parents, and staff are encouraged to wear yellow clothing and use active transportation (walking, cycling, rolling, bus) to and from school.

Not only is this a great way to be physical active, it also helps decrease our carbon footprint(s). Let’s continue to show the world that Hamilton cares about the environment and our health!

For more details: http://smartcommute.ca/hamilton/schools/wear-yellow-day/

Seniors’ Street Audit: King St. East at Wellington.

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First Place Hamilton. King St E at Wellington.

At the start, our numbers were very small. Noticing some seniors sitting outside the First Place Hamilton building (a seniors’ City Housing residence), we approached them and managed to cajole them into joining us. At first, we were met with cynicism: Why bother with an audit since nothing is going to ever change? But they quickly warmed to the task of identifying areas of concern for pedestrians and those in mobility devices along King Street East.

We started off, right outside their residence. The seniors complained about the extreme unevenness of the side walk at the front of building on King St. to Wellington being uneven (interlock and uneven concrete sidewalk). Many have stumbled and even fallen. About the vehicles that park in front of the building, they occupying space that emergency vehicles need to access. They talked about people crossing the road to get to the bus stop directly opposite the residence (north of it), in order to not have to go the extra distance to the bus stop and risk missing it.

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Both King Street and Wellington Street are one way streets that are very busy.
The corner of King at Wellington was a topic of much discussion. It is an extremely unfriendly crossing for pedestrians. Seniors pointed out that to cross over both King and Wellington, you are taking your life in your hands. The crossing time is very short at this location, in both directions, especially for the width of the two streets. When crossing King, a person must contend with the traffic that is making a rapid left hand turn on to Wellington. We actually witnessed a car getting right up on the sidewalk!!
Unfortunately, residents regularly cross Wellington St. to go to the International Village.

Other observations:
There was a suggestion made by residents to put in a dog park on the empty lot at the southwest corner of King St. and Wellington St. Some participants thought there needed to be more benches on the south side of King St (in the International Village from Wellington St. to Ferguson Station). Ferguson Station was a public space that people really enjoyed, however they noted that there is uneven interlock around the station including where the interlock meets the sidewalk. Residents were wondering if there is any money associated with the LRT project to help fix the walkways. There were suggestion made for a mural on the west side of Shoppers Drug Mart facing Ferguson Station.

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Old train tracks on Ferguson St. We all loved this!

We looped around on Main Street–a street that any pedestrian or cyclists knows to be a terrifying experience due to the noise and speed created by 5 lanes of traffic. So…when are we going to talk about two-waying this 1950s menace?