Public statements from other supporters
- Amanda stringer supports this.
Ben Babcock says,
The overly specialized traffic system, with its focus on one-way streets, presents such an impediment to making short local trips that it sometimes isn't worth the bother; local business suffers as a result.
Christina Babcock says,
It's ludicrous to have to drive five blocks to get one block over.
- Azher Siddiqui supports this.
Justin Jones says,
I get around this City basically every way you possibly can short of riding a unicycle. I ride my bike, I walk, I take transit and I drive, so I think I have a pretty good understanding of how the City moves, especially downtown.
I find it incredibly interesting that people who drive through downtown refuse to see the wisdom in converting those streets to liveable, walkable, bikeable 2-way streets - after all, all the streets in the neighbourhoods outside the downtown core are 2-way. Why are they OK there, but not in the place that I choose to live, work and play in?
Modern cities aren't flourishing using the old models of city building anymore. The days of living in the suburbs, commuting to a job in a distant downtown, driving back home and then driving to get your groceries and entertainment are drawing to a close. The cities that are truly flourishing, that are growing, developing and expanding their tax base at a rapid pace, are the places that are giving people a reason to live downtown again. Here in Hamilton, we have a lot of reasons to live downtown - we have vibrant, diverse neighbourhoods, great local businesses, access to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Southern Ontario - we really have it all going for us. The one thing that constantly works against us, that every friend I have who comes to visit me comments on, that keeps them from moving here without a second thought, is our network of high-speed, one way streets turning every East-West corridor in the lower city into a thoroughfare. It's time Hamilton grows up by growing backwards, to getting rid of these urban highways and to making our downtown a place more people want to live in rather than a place that people can drive through.
Azher Siddiqui says,
I am considering moving to Hamilton downtown area. I would feel it much more safer/livable for my three small children if there were more two way streets, especially on Main and King.
- Erica Roebbelen supports this.
- Greg Kosiorowski supports this.
- Jeremy Wilkins supports this.
- Kyle Ford supports this.
- Bob Berberick supports this.
- Cameron Kowalchuk supports this.
Caroline Fehr says,
There are many good reasons for transforming one-way streets to bi-way, such as:
1. The many one-way streets south of Main can be very confusing and promote the losing of one's way.
2. The one-way Main Street encourages vehicular speed as people race THROUGH, not to, Hamilton.
3. Fast cars are dangerous to bicyclists and pedestrians.
Cameron Kowalchuk says,
There are hundreds of huge, dirty and loud 18-wheelers speeding by my home at 70+ KM/h at all hours of the day. Slowing down this type of traffic would help bring some much appreciated calmness and a much wider appeal to Lansdale, a neighbourhood with so much potential to be a vibrant and safe urban enclave.
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