By Aidan Johnson. Article was originally published in the Hamilton Spectator on Monday March 26, 2018. Click here to view article on the Hamilton Spectator website.
Helen Keller wrote: "All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." I love Hamilton. It is part of me.
As a person who grew up in Westdale and now lives off Locke, I love west Hamilton in a special way. Serving as city councillor for west Hamilton (Ward 1) is thus one of the greatest privileges of my life.
Questions have been raised recently about how much money has been spent to repair Ward 1 roads, and from what sources. I'm grateful for the opportunity to answer these.
This term of council, significant funds, to the tune of approximately $7.9 million, have been spent on Ward 1 roads, from both the Ward 1 infrastructure minor maintenance fund and from city-wide sources. (This figure includes $760,000 spent for Main West repairs in 2016, but does not include any of the money that has been spent on pothole spot-repairs, or on traffic lights.)
In addition, approximately $7 million of additional money has been allocated for Ward 1 roadwork to take place over the next two years.Read more
Update: Earlier this week, City of Hamilton crews began road resurfacing operations on the eastbound lanes of Main Street W between Cootes Drive and Macklin Street S. With the work on the eastbound lanes largely complete, crews are moving operations into the westbound lanes beginning this weekend.
Resurfacing of the westbound lanes of Main Street W between Longwood Road S and Dalewood Avenue will begin tonight, Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The westbound lanes will receive the same “shave and pave” treatment as the eastbound lanes, where the top two inches of the existing pavement is milled away and new asphalt is put back on top.Read more
There are a few different types of bike racks/ bike parking facilities in Hamilton. e-bikes that conform to provincial standards are permitted to be locked to on-street bike racks situated along the side of city streets.
The City of Hamilton will be providing and installing bicycle parking in various locations across the city. These facilities can only be installed on the City’s right-of-way and must not obstruct other modes of transportation, especially pedestrians.
The Active Transportation Benchmarking program collects pedestrian and cycling (active transportation) activity throughout the City along sidewalks, trails, and on-road bicycle routes. Automatic counters monitor active transportation 24 hours a day at various locations for one-week durations.
Please click the image to be directed to the Eco-Counter Hamilton webpage.Read more
Over recent months, Traffic Operations & Engineering has been partnering with Hamilton Police Services and Corporate Communications to promote a number of roadway safety initiatives. These initiatives are all part of the Hamilton Strategic Road Safety Program and center around educating motorists, cyclists and pedestrians about roadway safety in Hamilton. The initiatives also support the principles of Vision Zero.
Below we have highlighted 3 main areas to share. Pedestrian Crossovers, School Zones and Safety Tips as well as Bicycle Traffic Signals (Contraflow Signals) and Bike Boxes.Read more
The City of Hamilton has several programs relating to sustainable mobility including Hamilton Bike Share, Smart Commute Hamilton Workplace and Transportation Demand Management (TDM).
On April 26, 2017 Hamilton City Council voted to update the Environmental Project Report (EPR) Addendum to include the 3 kilometre section from Queenston Traffic Circle to Eastgate and submit it to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). Aidan voted in support of the project and is excited about the extension to Eastgate!
On Saturday May 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Macklin St. with be closed between Princess Point and Dufferin due to the Lynne’s Legacy Run. This closure will result in the requirement for buses in the affected area to be diverted.
The HSR route affected by these closure is #6 Aberdeen – e/b from Princess Point Loop via Longwood to Dufferin to Macklin to route.Read more
Chatham Street between Dundurn St. and Locke St. will be CLOSED to through traffic for water service line work scheduled for February 23 between 9 am and 2 pm.
As a result, HSR Route#7 Locke East Bound Bus is being re-routed from Dundurn. It will pass Chatham and travel East on Melbourne (1 block north) to Locke. Westbound route is not effected.