Special Report: Cycling

City to Start Work on West Hamilton Multi-Use Trail

The City is building a paved, multi-use trial that runs across Hwy 403 from Kirkendall neighbourhood in southwest Hamilton to Ainslie Wood neighbourhood in west Hamilton.

By RTH Staff
Published June 17, 2011

A plan years in the making will finally be fulfilled when City staff begin work on a paved, 4.5-5 metre wide multi-user trail that will cross Highway 403 beside the Canadian Pacific (CP) rail line in southwest Hamilton.

Map of the multi-use trail, marked in blue (click on the image to view full-size)
Map of the multi-use trail, marked in blue (click on the image to view full-size)

Running 1.8 kilometres in total, the trail will link Kirkendall Neighbourhood with Ainslie Wood Neighbourhood in west Hamilton by extending the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail across the highway into Kirkendall.

(The Rail Trail should not be confused with the Radial Trail that runs along the south side of Chedoke Golf Course and winds up the Niagara Escarpment toward Ancaster.)

The trail will also run along the edge of Chedoke Golf Course and connect the corner of Aberdeen and Studholme to the western end of Glenside Avenue at Chedoke Avenue.

The trail will begin on Studholme Rd at Aberdeen Avenue, and the intersection there will be outfitted with signal lights and an advanced stop line or "bike box" for cyclists.

According to a city news release issued today, work is scheduled to start on Monday, June 20, 2011 and should be completed in late September.

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By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted June 17, 2011 at 17:36:31

Nice. Given the obvious utility for Mac/MIP, it'll be interesting to see what this does to property management/real estate prices in the Emerson student ghetto.

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By Lovely (anonymous) | Posted June 17, 2011 at 23:03:54

Lovely.
I look forward to full bike lanes on Longwood someday also.

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By GrapeApe (registered) | Posted June 19, 2011 at 19:49:32 in reply to Comment 64960

Given the bridge and the already narrow sidewalk, I have given up on the Longwood bike lane between Main and Aberdeen. I think Dundurn was converted to take cyclists off of Longwood, but overall connectivity is still a major issue.

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By Cyclist (anonymous) | Posted June 18, 2011 at 15:32:42

Long overdue and so this is wonderful news!

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By Blenda (anonymous) | Posted June 18, 2011 at 18:14:52

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By John Neary (registered) | Posted June 19, 2011 at 07:44:36 in reply to Comment 64966

Yes, and at a minute fraction of the cost of yours (i.e. Linc and Red Hill)

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By GrapeApe (registered) | Posted June 19, 2011 at 14:29:52

This is awesome! Finally!

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By FatalFourWay (anonymous) | Posted June 20, 2011 at 12:36:01

The isolation of bikes and cars is the uttmost goal.

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By z jones (registered) | Posted June 20, 2011 at 16:40:25 in reply to Comment 64988

Funny, I thought mobility and choice and sustainability were the utmost goals.

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By a cyclist (anonymous) | Posted June 21, 2011 at 10:57:26

Thanks, but how about improving the access over the main and king bridges? Once the bridges are rebuilt and the lanes reinstated, will they still dump you in the middle of highway on-ramps and disappearing bike lanes?

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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted June 22, 2011 at 10:14:44 in reply to Comment 65005

Dundurn is such a snarled mess that I'm not surprised that bikes have slipped off their list of priorities there. You can get off King and onto Breadalbane and go to Head, but crossing Dundurn at Head is a nightmare.

I'm more interested in getting some kind of "yield to pedestrians and cyclists" sign added to the ramps on King and Main. It's damned hard to get a sure gap in traffic at those.

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By GrapeApe (registered) | Posted June 21, 2011 at 11:09:02 in reply to Comment 65005

Agreed. It's deadly the first time using those lanes because the lanes just end and they do so at some really bad spots. I stopped cycling to work because of the disjoint paths.

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By ENBDavies (registered) - website | Posted September 22, 2011 at 14:58:49

HammerTownAwesome

WOW.. WOW...

just fantastic... may the ford escape to hamilton continue..

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By jason (registered) | Posted September 30, 2011 at 20:27:36

I went by here today. I sure hope that bike box isn't the finished product. If so, it's the worst one I've ever seen. No bike lanes connecting to it. The box is tiny. No coloured pavement making it visible. Even the bike logos are tiny and virtually invisible. If I was driving along there not looking for a bike box, I'd probably never notice anything.
Also, Aberdeen really needs bike lanes. No need for a purely residential street to have 4 open car lanes. Make curb lanes 24-7 parking and paint bike lanes in the left over space between the parked cars and the live lane. Like this:

http://78mangos.files.wordpress.com/2010...

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