Category Archives: Advocacy

Cycle Hamilton’s Response to Cannon Cycle Track Planned Closure

Cycle Hamilton’s Response to Cannon Cycle Track Planned Closure

Cycle Hamilton has prepared a response letter with regards to the planned closure of the Cannon Cycle Track during a construction period this summer. This letter was directly to Councillors Farr and Nann. This letter has been pasted below.

 


Dear Councillor Farr and Councillor Nann,
I am writing to you on behalf of Cycle Hamilton with regards to the upcoming construction along Cannon St. Our organization is glad to see this resurfacing project take place, and we are thrilled that the Cannon St cycle track will be made permanent as part of the construction. However, we were surprised and disappointed to learn that the City plans to close the cycle track completely between James & Sherman from May to August. This announcement was made without a clear plan in place for how people travelling by bike will cycle east-west during the closure.
The Cannon cycle track is downtown’s most continuous, and most separated, east-west cycling route and provisions need to be made to accommodate the growing number of people cycling along the route.
We have a couple of questions about construction:
  • Will all of the motor vehicle lanes be closed between James & Sherman from May to August? If there are provisions for motor vehicles along the construction route, we believe there should also be provisions for people cycling along Cannon;
  • We’d also like to understand the process by which these decisions get made. To our knowledge, neither the Hamilton Cycling Advisory Committee or Cycle Hamilton were consulted about this decision to completely close the lanes. Any insights that you can provide will be helpful to us as we navigate future construction projects.
As outlined in Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7: Temporary Conditions (p. 32) when cyclists approach a work zone in a bicycle lane or separated paved shoulder, it is preferable to maintain those facilities through the work zone, especially if cyclist volumes are high.
Data collected through Hamilton’s Active Transportation Benchmarking Program at Cannon & West Avenue shows an average of 609 daily trips by bike between May 1 to August 31, 2019. During that time period, the counters in that location tracked almost 75,000 trips. This is too many riders to displace with no clear, safe and separated route.
Our preference is for the City to make accommodations for people cycling along Cannon in line with any lane openings for motor vehicles travelling along the route. This would provide minimal disruptions to travel patterns. Where this is not possible, Cycle Hamilton would like to work with you to identify alternate routes that can be adjusted and made to be safe and separated. People have become accustomed to this separated facility and it should be replaced with an alternate route that provides a similar level of low-stress riding.
When we did our initial outreach on Twitter about alternate routes people might use if the cycle track was closed, the first response we received was from someone who said they would stop cycling if there were no separated east-west route. This would be counter-productive to the City’s stated goals of increasing cycling. It is also entirely avoidable.
We look forward to collaborating with you on this and to working together to provide safe, convenient, and consistent routes for people cycling in Hamilton throughout the summer of 2019.
Kindest regards,
Kate Whalen
Cycle Hamilton’s Response to Motion about Bay Street North Bike Lane

Cycle Hamilton’s Response to Motion about Bay Street North Bike Lane

Cycle Hamilton has prepared a response letter with regards to the recent motion: Hybrid Solution to On-street Parking on Bay Street North Between Barton Street West and Stuart Street. This letter was distributed to Mayor Fred Eisenberger, City Councillors, and City staff. We are concerned that this motion will pose significant risk to the safety… Continue Reading

“Congratulations” Email Template for Contacting Incoming Councillors

“Congratulations” Email Template for Contacting Incoming Councillors

Cycle Hamilton is encouraging all of its members to reach out to the incoming councillors across the city and offer them congratulations on their election success. In doing so, our members will be continuing to build up the relationships that were built with many of these candidates while they were campaigning throughout the season. To… Continue Reading

Sample Debate Question on Cycling

Sample Debate Question on Cycling

All candidates debates are happening over the next few weeks across the city. We encourage you to attend and ask quesitons about cycling! We recommend you ask a question about cycling, such as the one below: “My name is (name) and I am a resident of Hamilton Ward (ward number). I am a supporter of… Continue Reading

Survey Results: 2018 Municipal Candidates’ Positions on Cycling

Survey Results: 2018 Municipal Candidates’ Positions on Cycling

Cycle Hamilton contacted all Municipal Candidates that provided an official email address in order to better understand their positions on bike-related issues. For more information: Kate Whalen, Co-Chair, chair@cyclehamont.ca Survey results are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OzkuDIoKZ7hXtMWDW6ZzxILTFlOgJMOCGG1OZ-02ei8/edit?usp=sharing Continue Reading

Needed: Ward Ride Leaders!

Needed: Ward Ride Leaders!

Be a voice for cycling in your community and lead a “Ward Ride” this Fall. As part of our election advocacy strategy, Cycle Hamilton is seeking a volunteer(s) from each of our city’s 15 wards to host a bike ride for local election candidates. These rides are meant to be a fun & informative way… Continue Reading

2018 MPP Candidates’ Positions on Cycling

2018 MPP Candidates’ Positions on Cycling

Cycle Hamilton is contacting all MPP Candidates for in the four Hamilton ridings in order to better understand their positions on bike-related issues. We will be posting responses on this page as the MPP Candidates provide their responses. Check back regularly for updates. Cycle Hamilton could not locate email addresses for the following candidates: Tony… Continue Reading

Hamilton Council Supports Ask For Provincial Funding for Bike Infrastructure

Hamilton Council Supports Ask For Provincial Funding for Bike Infrastructure

Thanks to the support of Share the Road and Councillors Jason Farr, Matthew Green, and Sam Murulla, Cycle Hamilton was successful in our ask to Hamilton City Council to send a letter to the Province in support of an MTO budget line allocating $75 million annually to municipal biking infrastructure. You can see a copy… Continue Reading

#CommutingWithCouncil Needs You!

#CommutingWithCouncil Needs You!

Mayor Fred Eisenberger rode to school with 6-year-old Oliver Flood in attempt to understand the obstacles and dangers that our most vulnerable road users face every single day. The #CommutingWithCouncil initiative is led by local cycling advocate Tom Flood (@TomFlood1) with support from Oliver Viet (@OliverVeit). “This initiative will hopefully lead to more rides that… Continue Reading

Friendly Streets Toolkit Now Available

Friendly Streets Toolkit Now Available

Friendly Streets Hamilton recently completed their toolkit for community engagement. The toolkit, which was prepared by Elise Desjardins and Beatrice Ekoko, includes 14 modules on topics such as traffic calming, cycle-friendly businesses, street vibrancy, and more! Read the full toolkit here!   Friendly Streets Hamilton Toolkit Continue Reading