Frustrations over the experiment with a new bike lane design in Downtown Hamilton have boiled over at Hamilton’s Public Works Committee.
Ward 2’s Jason Farr and Ward 8’s Terry Whitehead have squared off over whether the latter is being “divisive” in his criticism of the experiment on Charlton and Herkimer.
Whitehead continues to rail against what he calls a “flawed” design on Charlton and Herkimer where bike lanes are protected by a lane of parked vehicles and there is now just one lane of moving traffic.
His latest concern, is whether we are “putting lives at risk”, because motorists have been left without a place to pull over for ambulances trying to reach St. Joseph’s Hospital.
A frustrated Farr has responded by accusing his mountain colleague of creating a “wall of divisiveness”, rather than trying to work collaboratively to develop the city’s vision for “complete streets”.
Whitehead rejects the criticism, insisting that he’s merely exposing all issues on behalf of all taxpayers. He questions whether we’re at the point where everytime you have a criticism it’s divisive and you should “just shut up”.
Farr stresses that must of his frustration comes from statements that he says are not backed by facts. That includes Whitehead’s claim that you get 15 bicycles for every 1,000 cars on the affected routes.