Transportation

Chedoke Trail: Construct the Railyard-Rail Trail Section Now

By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published June 01, 2010

I've just got back from a three week research trip, and am very disappointed to hear that any progress on the Chedoke bike path has been delayed by another month.

This is all the more disappointing since this project has been in the works *at least six years (I first heard about it in 2004), and will be one of the best used cycle paths in the City, both for commuting and recreation.

It also provides an alternative to the very dangerous Aberdeen/Longwood route between downtown and Westdale/McMaster.

I strongly recommend that the city split the project: construct the railtrail/403/railyard section now, and delay the Golf Course section until the route has been agreed between the Golf Course and local residents.

This is an optimal solution as it allows for completion of most of the route now, while the money and political will is available.

In fact, the largest benefits will come from the rail trail/403/railyard section in any case (and cyclists can continue using the current path across the Golf Course in the meantime, as they have done without incident for decades).

Any further delay will push construction back at another year at best, and the inertia may kill the whole project entirely.

I urge the city to proceed with tendering the rail trail/403/railyard section of the path now.

It's especially frustrating that it is the municipal golf course that is proving to be the main obstacle here. Given that we have exclusively dedicated a huge area of beautiful public escarpment land to a single use, the golf course should be obligated to be flexible. Or else they should pay market value rent to the City!

Nicholas Kevlahan was born and raised in Vancouver, and then spent eight years in England and France before returning to Canada in 1998. He has been a Hamiltonian since then, and is a strong believer in the potential of this city. Although he spends most of his time as a mathematician, he is also a passionate amateur urbanist and a fan of good design. You can often spot him strolling the streets of the downtown, shopping at the Market. Nicholas is the spokesperson for Hamilton Light Rail.

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By trevorlikesbikes (registered) - website | Posted June 01, 2010 at 13:03:37

amen!

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By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted June 02, 2010 at 21:23:42

seconded.

The Aberdeen/Longwood route should be mandatory for any cycling opponents to get on a bike any try it themselves at rush hour, there would be a lot of silence from them after that education.

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By A cyclist (anonymous) | Posted June 03, 2010 at 00:16:02

Aberdeen and Longwood? Piece of cake. It's nothing a little traffic knowledge and awareness can't fix.

Take the lane, don't let them intimidate you, and for god's sake get off the sidewalk!

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By woody10 (registered) | Posted June 05, 2010 at 10:53:59

Again, until the shovels are in the ground, don't count on anything in this city. Continually dissapointed :-(

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By treesnbikes (anonymous) | Posted July 25, 2010 at 20:49:30

The city says that they split the project in May, but all of the approvals need time to go though the works again. The resident's who are fighting the trail even endorsed the Studholme to Fortinos route, so I do not get the hold up. I mean it is July already and still no digging...

The residents want the current route through the golf course to be repaved rather than going through the woods behind their houses and cutting down the trees there. Does not sound unreasonable to me.

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