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Do you support the "Vision Zero" goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Hamilton? If so, what specific actions would you take to implement this policy? If not, why not?

Responses to the question: "Do you support the "Vision Zero" goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Hamilton? If so, what specific actions would you take to implement this policy? If not, why not?"

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35 Candidate Responses (top)

Mayor
CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Davis, Jim No Traffic accidents will always exist until we can come up with a computer system to keep cars at a safe distance. We seen the other day pedestrian/auto accidents will always be an issue until people start crossing in the designated area.
Gomes, Carlos Yes Yes, I support vision zero. I plan to release an app that will allow anyone to snap a photo of anyone talking or texting while operating a motored vechile. Before their were vicheles everywhere only the rich could afford to drive, as they became more affordable, ppl got killed by these vechiles, just because simple the rich thought and still think their lives are more important than ours. It didn't happen back then but it will happen now, no matter who you are. If u live or drive in Hamilton weather you are pulled over by the bacon or are reported anonymously the APP a person will receive the minimum fine of a one month without driving privileges and a fine equal to of their vechile being impounded for that month. Why do u think, people from different countries in our world don't steal? Especially after losing their hand. We need stricter laws.
Graydon, Edward HC N/A No response provided
Tavares, Ricky N/A How much are you going to pay me ? $100 and I will communicate with you at your basic level. Otherwise you are useless to me and Hamilton.
Wozny, Mark Yes Some take the position that traffic fatalaties are reduced by one-way streets and proper signal regulation. I take the middle position.

As long as there is a mixture of both one-way and two-way streets, the option tends to 'tame' traffic congestion and stress.

Two-way strees assist in reducing the pace of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Jacobs has noted how some congestion creates more vitality for businesses and encourages the social intercourse that we call community.
Yan, Nathalie Xian Yi Yes It is a absolutely responsible for the municipal government implant a practical and effective policy and a plan how to manage the traffic signs to eliminate cyclists death to promote to share the road, pedestrian, cyclist and make a safe secure community all together
Ward 01
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Allen, Jason Yes I have written about the need for a Vision Zero program for many years now, and would fully support such a measure. I would support it by requiring the city to track and publish statistics about accident prone intersections, enabling us to quickly determine where to focus our efforts. The city also needs to fund a Vision Zero office within the traffic department with a mandate for proposing changes to intersections that are a safety hazard.
Anderson, Sharon Yes Yes. I would work with City staff to develop a network view of this issue and make sure that when reconstruction projects come forward that the design prioritizes achieving Vision Zero. I would refuse to support projects which do not do this work. I would insist that capital project scheduling decisions include consideration of the current level of accidents occurring in a proposed project area. I would vote to make public information on the location of traffic fatalities and injuries throughout the City in an easily accessed format so that residents can make informed judgements on whether the City is doing enough to address issues in their neighbourhood. I would work with my fellow Councillors to develop and fund a program to improve areas in the absence of a reconstruction project being planned for an area.
Cole, Sharon Yes I believe in the spirit of 'Vision Zero' adopted by a number of municipalities around the globe, which challenges all of us to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries, by re-thinking road safety. To make human error part of the equation and thereby aim for safer streets through improved education, enforcement, engineering, evaluation and engagement. My initial emphasis would be on engineering, ensuring bike lane designs that have effective barrier protection and warning systems (signage, lighting) to alert drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Eroglu, Ela Yes There is no question about it. I absolutely support the intention behind Vision Zero and eliminating traffic fatalities and injuries on our streets. Cycling is in my platform. I believe dedicated, protected bike lanes should be part of every road design. I believe that every road with a speed limits of over 30 km/hr should have a protected bike lane. I will work with other councillors to implement a strategy that includes safe and continuous routes that connects communities across the city and motivates people to ride their bikes more.

Increasing the number of protected bike lanes is vital. Riding on streets mixed with fast moving cars is unsafe and stressful. Protected lanes will help reduce stress not only for cyclists but also for drivers and reduce the conflicts between all road users. It encourages more people to ride their bikes and promotes health. Protected bike lanes and protected intersections are key for biking accessible for cyclists ranging from experienced to those who are just starting. I think it should be mandatory design element for all new road designs and incorporated into the existing roads if possible.
Geffros, Sophie Yes Vision Zero saves lives. It is the obligation of Hamilton City Council to commit to and finance achieving this vision. In addition to the ongoing consultation and feedback the following changes must be implemented to ensure safety:

1. Any pedestrian crossing by a bus stop, school, park or community hub must be a four-way stop.

2. The City of Hamilton should encourage cycling as a method of transportation. All high-traffic routes must have designated bike lanes.

3. In 2016, 279 pedestrian collisions took place in Hamilton, resulting in 257 injuries and 4 fatalities. Council must fund a pedestrian audit of the city, with particular emphasis on the needs of those with mobility concerns.

4. We must consult with road users, residents, and drivers in order to develop a new policy regarding transport trucks on our streets. Trucking routes, whenever possible, must be re-routed away from residential streets and school zones

5. An "urban highway" has no place in the core of a modern city. Steps must be taken to limit the amount and speed of traffic using Main St. and King St. W., and consideration should be given to making these streets two-way.
Massie, Richard Yes Yes, the number of serious injuries and deaths on our streets in Hamilton has me supporting "Vision Zero" goals - we need to start with shorter crossing distances to pedestrian islands, better markings, cyclist routes chosen where there can be greater space from cars, and more space between where cars stop and pedestrian crosswalks.
Narducci, Linda Yes Absolutely and very strongly yes, I support Vision Zero. If having neighbours injured or worse, fatalities due to traffic​, t​he fact that Vision Zero is a global movement, should be enough reasons to support it. I travel along Main Street and King Street, from Dundurnto Ottawa Street and can vaguely recall seeing speed limit signs posted. I walk along this same corridor throughout Ward 1; speed along Main and King corridor needs to be decreased. The speed may be 50km, most drive these two arteries up to 70km. It would be nice to have a police presence with radar along these corridors as well as more red light cameras. All these I see as short term strategies. Ultimately, I support Main Street and King Street two way conversion.
White, Harrison Yes I do support the Vision Zero movement that was initiated in Sweden in 1997. Vision Zero is important, especially to me, because I was severally injured by a careless driver in a preventable accident, in Ward 1 no less. Previous councillors have not spent much of their infrastructure budget to improve the lives of citizens. I would like to see that money, at least portions of it, spent rather than saved. I would like to see the implementation of protected bike lanes at busy intersections and completed bike routes rather than partial lanes throughout the city. I want to improve density in the city to provide more reliable and effective public transit. I would propose a motion to switch to a bi-weekly garbage collection system to provide additional funding to the 20-year cycling master plan, which is currently only being funded to about half it’s recommended amount. I want to see more solar-powered pedestrian and cycle activated cross-walks installed throughout the city. I would like to see increased fines on King and Main for speeding, as well as other traffic calming implementations for busy areas. There is plenty of cost-effective methods to reduce speeds of vehicles, as well as increase safety in street design, we must be willing to A.C.T. on it. As someone who could have lost their life to a traffic accident, I understand the importance of creating safe streets in our city.
Ward 02
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Daljeet, Suresh Venodh Yes Yes to Vision Zero. It's a proven concept. I will push to reduce speeds, look at rerouting trucks from residential areas and make safer cycling and pedestrian routes. Everyone has to be accountable for road safety, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. I think we need better education, more visible signage and an updated compressive traffic plan across the city which includes getting more people out of vehicles and onto transit.
Farr, Jason Yes I support Vision Zero. As Councillor, I believe the actions I continue to take with respect to a complete street focus in our downtown is evidence of this. These actions are important steps toward eliminating traffic fatalities. Let me list a few:

- Approx. 10 kms of new bike lanes

- Charlton / Herkimer Parking Protected Bike Lanes (thanks to the resident-led sub-committee of 2 Neighbourhood Associations).

- Bay Street Bike Lane (thanks to council and the Province for the support)

- North End Traffic Management Plan (NETMP) (even today there are some residents resisting, but I maintain support and stay positive when interacting with those who still question the needs of 30k speeds, knock-downs, speed-humps and more).

- Two-way conversions of Duke and Bold (many RTH regulars attended my Town Hall on this and heard from residents resistant to the idea. They were citing faster and more traffic, snow removal and parking issues as reasons for resistance, but they were also very concerned about the current safety these one-way residential cut-trough speed-ways were causing – results are in, there half the cut-throughs and lower speeds since the conversion along with a net-gain in parking).

- John Street North Contra-Flow Bike Lane (John was to be converted two way and residents immediately adjacent were sceptical – with a main argument that thousands of new residents to Pier 8 would have a direct line in and out on this residential street. They called a meeting and we quickly realized that all of us were on the same page – we wanted to slow traffic down especially in the area of the two schools and North End Community Health Centre. We just had different approaches. The John Street tweak to the NETMP we see today was led by these residents).

- Queen Street South 2 Way conversion – No other street in the City of Hamilton has received calming measures as much as this stretch. What started with a community audit with Brian McHattie and me and many devoted residents (we also walked Cannon pre-bike lane), led to some quick wins, then some safer pedestrian crossings and intersection works. This term, I successfully moved the 40 km limit and was supported at Council. We also have seen many other calming and pedestrian safety measures (notably at Herkimer and Queen). But with all the work we have done, there are some car commuters not getting the message. Finally, with this year’s two-way conversion design and next years installation, we are hoping that Queen south becomes the model safe street in the City.

I have also moved successfully a motion that Hamilton sign the Road Safety Pledge campaign and I regularly work closely and collaboratively with City of Hamilton staff from Traffic and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) on a wide range of neighbourhood safety installations. We encourage neighbourhood traffic safety audits and have traffic and TDM staff attend community meetings.

Speeding and aggressive driving are the leading cause of collisions and fatalities and with our city hovering around 3500 collisions annually and very tragically witnessing 16 fatalities in 2017, it is clear that road safety needs to remain the focus and we must understand and appreciate and support the Vision Zero mandate.
Kroetsch, Cameron Yes Yes, I am a strong supporter of “Vision Zero”. In concert with other cities around the world, I would propose that we reduce speed limits across the city, but especially downtown. I would also propose that we implement a mandatory complete streets program for all new development. Specifically for Ward 2, I would propose plans for the conversion of Main Street to a two-way complete street and to phase out one-way streets downtown. Beyond this, I would focus more on physical street design. Speed humps and stop signs are not enough. We need to focus on designing streets that discourage and prevent unsafe driving so that all road users can get around the city safely. We cannot continue to rely on a system that accepts that an error in the operation of a motor vehicle can so easily mean the death of another road user.
Smith, Nicole Yes We urgently need to work toward this. Besides the system of continuous protected bike lanes, we need to reduce the speed on our street by implementing two way streets as much as possible, especially Main, and using the most effective speed reduction options available to us.
Tennant, Mark Yes I support the Vision Zero goal that even one traffic fatality is unacceptable. People will make mistakes but the road system will not. With improved awareness of my part, I would advocate to implement the 5 elements of Vision Zero.
Ward 03
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Farr, Laura Yes Traffic safety is the number one thing I have heard at the doors from people. The other day, my son and I were nearly hit crossing with the lights at King and Wentworth. In 2017, there were 1681 collisions that resulted in injuries and 16 fatalities. Our city needs to be livable if you are 8 or 80; pedestrian, cyclist, or driver.

There are many traffic calming measures that don’t cost much or anything to implement. The first thing would be to create a schedule for a comprehensive traffic audit across the ward, and then see where speed bumps, knock down sticks, bollards, or even painted optical illusions to slow traffic down are needed.
Smith, Dan Yes I do support this. As a father of two young girls that ride bikes on the road regularly and someone that has been hit by a car while biking, we do need safer streets. I would like to see traffic calming measures such as speed bumps and speed traps in more of the city.
Sprague, Kristeen Yes I do support the "Vision Zero" goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Hamilton. I think we need to continue to identify high risk areas and make appropriate improvements to safety controls in those areas. I also think it's important to make improvements to pedestrian, bus, and bicycle infrastructure to make sure that people can get from place-to-place safely. I think this effort goes hand-in-hand with making improvements to the accessibility of "green" forms of transportation, because this can get more cars off of the roads.
Ward 04
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Merulla, Sam Yes I have been a strong supporter of complete streets and cycling lanes with a documented proven track record.
Ward 05
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Maldonado, Juanita Yes Our community is strengthened by a collaborative bond between law enforcement, municipal government and its residents. We have had several tragic fatalities in Ward 5 along Queenston Road as a result of speed-racing. Separating pedestrian and cycling traffic from drivers is a suggested way to reduce or even eliminate injuries and fatalities.
Ward 06
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Jackson, Tom Yes In theory of course I do support “Vision Zero”. A noble objective indeed. “How” we achieve this as a people/Community is the competing conundrum. In my Ward 6 (and quite frankly elsewhere in the City) I have supported and fought for traffic calming measures such as 40km/hr. speed zone signs; installing more Red Lite Cameras/Painting Zebra Crosswalks/extended pedestrian countdown signals/more Intersection Pedestrian Signals (IPS) locations/greater police enforcement; banning heavy trucks off of the Kenilworth Access, etc..
Taylor, Timothy Yes I support a Vision Zero goal. I think accident statistics and due diligence in tendering projects to support companies that support this initiative are paramount to achieving the goals. In addition, giving our city employees the tools (and time) they need to finish jobs properly instead of rushing to the next catastrophe.
Ward 07
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Kazubek, Joseph Yes I do support vision zero, but I only have limited knowledge of the project and would need to learn more about it before I can give a full response to this question, but anything that will improve safety among the streets, will always have my support.
MacIntyre, Dan Yes Yes. Full stop. Many of our neighbourhoods need immediate traffic calming measures such as reductions to 30 km/h and speed bumps. It’s a demand from residents and it’s the morally correct thing to do. Many of our major arteries have become speedways and that can’t continue. Measures need to be taken to ensure these activities are eliminated. Protected bike lanes are coming to Hamilton Mountain, you can’t stop the future. But Mountain residents resoundingly are against painted lines and want protection for cyclists if they’re going to be sharing the road.
McMullen, Geraldine Yes Yes, I support the premise of “Vision Zero”. I am interested in learning more about the improvements and investments necessary to achieve the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and injuries. Input from the entire community is necessary and the importance of achieving this goal will need to be communicated.
Pauls, Esther Yes Yes advocate for more multi use pathways (Cycle and walk).
Ward 12
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Scime, John Yes Zero Vision is something that I whole heartedly believe in and have been a vocal advocate for safer streets. The safety of our residents at every level is the utmost importance. This needs to be a multi-pronged approach starting with street design and impact planning. Introducing lower inter-residential speed limits, protected bike lanes, and incorporating traffic calming measures is paramount. Continuing with one-way conversions with tighter turning radius would be a start with some of the arterial road. The fatalities due to excessive speeds and vulnerable pedestrians need to STOP, not tomorrow, not when we have the time or money to do it. NOW. One of my first objectives would be to right the wrongs on the Red Hill and mitigate the number of deaths.

Each mode of transportation needs to be incorporated into neighbourhood design phases and street design for protection and safety cannot be substituted for aesthetics. There is a way to get both.
Ward 13
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Gelder, Rich Yes I support Vision Zero and what I call Vision 40. We need to implement traffic calming measures chief of which are high-speed one way thoroughfares through our downtown. We need other traffic calming measures, other than simple stop signs, including bumpouts, physically separated cycling lanes and saner speed limits. Vision 40 would see any residential street not identified as an arterial road with a speed limit of 40km/h. Perhaps the city "unless otherwise posted" speed limit ought itself be moved to 40km/h.
Mitchell, Pamela N/A Declined to answer
Ward 14
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Iszkula, Robert Yes Yes, our current road designs encourage dangerous situations because they are built to accommodate high speeds through neighbourhoods where people live. We can have streets that are efficient and convenient for drivers while making it safe for all users, whether they are driving, walking or cycling. Separated on-street facilities for bikes are a perfect example: they remove slower bike traffic from car lanes, improving driving efficiencies, while at the same time creating a safe space for cyclists and a buffer between cars and pedestrians. The most dangerous encounters happen at intersections. By adopting best practises that have been tested in other municipalities, we can make our intersections much safer for all users by removing "ramp" style turn lanes from residential areas, tightening turning radii, and creating clearer pavement markings. I also support truck route bylaws and enforcement to keep large trucks from using residential neighbourhoods as shortcuts.
Whitehead, Terry No I certainly support the concept and principle of eliminating deaths and carnage on our roadways; this I am confident we can all agree on. My only real concern with "vision zero" is that it leads to a false expectation that will never be realized. We can never truly eliminate deaths on the roadways. This is simply a sad reality that no one is happy about but there will always be careless individuals using our roadways whether in cars, on motorcycles or bicycles; people make mistakes, exercise poor judgement and accidents happen as they always have and always will.

It is admirable that anyone should think we can completely eliminate deaths on our roads but we cannot. Herein lies my issue with the vision zero concept. As it is with any other issue, there must be realistic targets and benchmarking that Council can be held accountable for. Vision zero sets an impossible target that can never be realized despite its laudable objectives. This is not a practical framework for Council to be measured. The framework should develop a metrics that looks at collisions, fatalities etc in our community in a holistic way. Council can work with staff to set realistic objectives that can be achieved that will continue improving the safety of our road network. If those targets are not being met, then that is truly a way of holding Council accountable.

Response Summary (top)

Brief ResponseCount% of Total
Yes3085.7%
No25.7%
Maybe00.0%

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