Saying it’s a matter of life and death — the co-director of Cycle Hamilton says Hamilton council doesn’t take cycling as a form of transportation seriously.
Joanna Bleecker says it means Hamilton’s roads are still too dangerous for most cyclists.
She points out city staff recommended 2.5 million dollars a year be spent on bike lanes as part of a master plan adopted by the city in 2009.
But she says only a million dollars or less is being spent.
She says that means while about 30 percent of the timeline has gone by since the master plan was adopted — only 11 percent of the work has been completed.
And it some wards – none of the work has been completed.
She says at this point there’s no way the city can meet its cycling targets for 2029.
She’s believes its a matter of priorities.
Bleecker says her advocacy group is coming up with a petition to try and put pressure on the council to make it a priority.
The petition would force council to deal with the matter or her group can take the issue to the OMB.