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Support Hamilton Transit

Added January 16, 2015

Support Hamilton Transit is a local movement, gathering Hamilton citizens to petition City Council to come to the decision to keep and improve the bus lane using the existing dedicated provincial funds as a positive first step in their promise to double transit ridership by 2020.

The mission: Ensure the remaining Metrolinx Quick Wins capital budget is used for its original purpose: to implement and improve a downtown dedicated bus lane.

In order to achieve this vision, we need to send a loud, clear signal to Hamilton City Council.  We need the support of thousands within our community to let Council know our position when they vote on our behalf next week.

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Yes We Cannon

Added May 8, 2013

Yes We Cannon is a local, grassroots movement, gathering Hamiltonians to petition City Council to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety in the lower city by taking one simple step.

The mission: create a bi-directional bike lane, running the full length of Cannon Street, by 2015.

In order to acheive this vision, we need to send a loud, clear signal to Hamilton City Council.  We need the support of thousands within our community when we present the petition to Council this fall!

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Two-Way Streets

Added May 24, 2012
This campaign is closed.

It's past time for Hamilton to join the dozens of cities across North America that are converting their downtown streets back to pedestrian-friendly two-way traffic and enjoying renewed investment and revitalized neighbourhoods.

One-way streets are great at funneling large volumes of automobile traffic but terrible at sustaining lively businesses and healthy neighbourhoods. Fast traffic scares away pedestrians, and destinations on one-way streets are more difficult to reach by automobile.

On the other hand, a study by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce recently found that pedestrian-friendly streets attract new creative businesses and concluded, "walkable environments should be viewed as economic infrastructure that attract employment and should be invested in accordingly."

More important, Hamilton's own traffic collision data shows that one-way streets are 2.5 times more dangerous for children than two-way streets. One-way streets allow for much faster vehicle traffic, and vehicle speed is the biggest risk factor for pedestrians: the rate of pedestrian fatality on being hit by a vehicle is 5% at 32 km/h but jumps to 85% at 64 km/h.

Hamilton City Council needs to affirm that children's safety, business development and community vitality are more important priorities than fast automobile traffic through city neighbourhoods. Now is the time to put our one-way highways behind us and transform our streets into the people friendly, business friendly neighbourhood centres they should be.

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Cross At Kent

Added March 7, 2011
This campaign is closed.

Local residents are petitioning the City of Hamilton to request a Pedestrian-activated stoplight at the corner of Kent and Aberdeen Streets. Councillor Brian McHattie (Ward 1) and the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association support this.

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The Petition

Whereas, Hamilton City Council has made commitments to improving walkability in the city by signing the International Charter for Walking, and through City Council's vision statement with the goal of making Hamilton the best place to raise a child; and

Whereas, the Public Health Services department is undertaking programs to promote walkability (i.e., Active and Safe Routes to School); and
 
Whereas, supporting and encouraging active transportation (e.g., walking) may result in increased physical activity, increased social cohesion, decreased risk of injuries and decreased levels of air pollution; and
 
Whereas, several City departments are committed to the Hamilton Strategic Road Safety Program; and
 
Whereas, the Public Works department is working with other City departments to develop a city-wide Pedestrian and Walkability Master Plan; and
 
Whereas, a peer reviewed study published in 2000 using Hamilton collision data concluded that a child is 2.5 times more likely to be killed in a collision on a one-way street than a two-way street; and
 
Whereas, the Downtown BIA surveyed businesses on James and John North after the 2002 two-way conversion and found that owners reported increased sales and additional staff hiring; and
 
Whereas, the Chamber of Commerce has published a study concluding that "walkable environments should be viewed as economic infrastructure that attract employment and should be invested in accordingly"; and
 
Whereas, streets are not only for drivers but for everyone;

Therefore:

The undersigned urge the City of Hamilton to take swift and concrete action to facilitate walkability and pedestrian safety across the entire City of Hamilton.

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