The bid to improve pedestrian safety in Hamilton has reached one of the city’s busiest corridors.
Ward 7 Councillor Donna Skelly wants the city to investigate how it can make Upper James safer for pedestrians.
The catch is that she wants it done, perhaps through streetscaping, without impeding traffic flow on the mountain corridor which sees 30 thousand vehicles each day.
Ward 8’s Terry Whitehead also looks forward to improving conditions on Upper James without hindering its role as what he calls “the economic corridor of the City of Hamilton”.
The councillor representing Downtown Hamilton, meantime, has announced the results of a process that he says is about creating safer streets for everyone.
Ward 2’s Jason Farr has announced that he will use one million dollars from his area rating funds on 17 projects that will improve street infrastructure in the core.
The projects were actually selected by downtown residents, including schoolkids, who were given the chance to vote on their priorities. Farr adds that more than 13 hundred residents and business owners provided feedback.
Most of the improvements involve new traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at downtown intersections.