Hamilton politicians have given initial approval to a plan that aims to change street design to incorporate the needs of pedestrians and make walking and cycling safer.
The pedestrian mobility plan, which must still undergo a 30-day public review, would consider changes on a project-by-project basis.
Options include buffer areas between the street and sidewalks, wider sidewalks, sidewalks on both sides of the street in subdivisions to encourage more people to walk and increased winter maintenance.
Councillor Jason Farr is a major supporter. He insists it’s not about being anti-car, rather that “the pedestrian needs to be taken into consideration first”.
Supporters of the plan include the Social Planning and Research Council, which has presented data showing that Hamilton pedestrians are as much as 42 per cent more likely to be injured compared to the Ontario average. Six people were struck and killed by vehicles in the city last year.