Hamilton has a legacy of multi-lane, one-way arterial streets dating back to the 1950s. Do you support accelerating the conversion of these streets to two-way? Why or why not?

Responses to the question: "Hamilton has a legacy of multi-lane, one-way arterial streets dating back to the 1950s. Do you support accelerating the conversion of these streets to two-way? Why or why not?"

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CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Allen, Jason Yes Yes I do. Main street especially needs to be converted to two way before the LRT construction begins, otherwise Aberdeen will become a dangerous arterial road that will endanger people living in Kirkendall South. Finally, the Queen Street two-way conversion needs to happen before any other vehicles end up on their roofs.
Anderson, Sharon No No. I believe that the one-way streets help substantially in maintaining the flow of traffic through our City. I believe the way we improve the one-way streets for all users is by road diets, which involve converting a lane or two of traffic to other uses such as wider sidewalks, bike lanes or dedicated transit lanes. Converting these roads to two way reduces the available width which could be reassigned to other road users. Two-way conversion also increases infrastructure costs as there would be an increase in the number of traffic signals or signs required to manage the opposing traffic flow.
Cole, Sharon Yes I do support accelerating lane conversations particularly around commercial development primarily as a means of enhancing business and economic access and growth. The caveat though is that we plan for emergency services accessibility among other critical needs in the design which may require retaining certain one-way arterial routes.
Eroglu, Ela Yes Yes, I support the conversion of one-way arterial streets to two-way streets. I believe that the two-way conversion will have many benefits to downtown businesses, especially businesses along the Main and King St. Previously done studies on other similar cities shown that conversion to two-way streets resulted in increased number of pedestrian and cyclists’ traffic due to the improved road condition. Highway like streets in the City is terrifying for pedestrians and cyclists to use. In the short term, local retail stores, restaurants, bars and pubs and other food establishments will benefit tremendously. In the long-term, the impact of the street conversion project would be more significant, especially when the other capital projects such as LRT and intensification along these main routes implemented. It will help stimulate growth.
Geffros, Sophie Yes Main St and King St must be two-way. As stated above, urban highways have no place in a modern city, and promote speeding and discourage pedestrians and active transit users from patronizing our downtown core. Two-way streets are an essential first step to revitalizing our downtown core as a place for people to gather, shop, and participate in activities.
Indeed, many one-way streets could better serve their communities by being converted into two-way streets. It promotes traffic calming and will make streets safer for all users.
Massie, Richard Yes Yes, its proven better for small businesses and increased investment - more jobs and more shops benefits the community.
Miklos, Lyla Yes Right now we have two four lane highways going through the centre of our city. They encourage speeding and unsafe driving. We have lost too many lives on these streets because their design is unsafe. Two way streets will help to calm down traffic and keep pedestrians and cyclists from becoming the next road fatality we hear about on the news. I don't want to attend a funeral for one more friend killed on the streets of our city due to unsafe road design.
Narducci, Linda Yes As stated above, yes I do support two way conversion, the sooner the better. Safety aside, businesses I have spoke to welcome this conversion as it offers more exposure to their business with traffic from two directions and an increase in walk in business as the speed will be lower for traffic and pedestrians feel safe. For residents, two way streets are safer; drivers are more engaged and speeds are lower.
White, Harrison No I believe there are other projects that would be more beneficial for Hamilton to prioritize than accelerating the conversion of one-way streets to two-way. I do not think that it is something that should be ignored. We need to re-think the street design in Hamilton, we need to promote more than just automobiles as primary means of transportation. While there is some benefit to one-way streets for those who use vehicles, often they are dangerous and frustrating for those who do not. They can also make Hamilton difficult to navigate for people not familiar with the city. This is why I would potentially support the conversion of streets to two-way, but unfortunately it cannot be my first priority. It will take studies to understand exactly which streets (outside of King and Main), need to be redesigned.
Wilson, Maureen Yes Yes. Conversions both in Hamilton and across North America have demonstrated clearly that they contribute to safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists as well as improving livability for residents and commercial viability for small businesses.

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