Comment 106771

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted December 09, 2014 at 12:11:03 in reply to Comment 106768

I guess NYC just doesn't have the traffic volumes and businesses that Hamilton has.

With half of trips in Hamilton under 5km, many drivers could very easily switch to walking, biking or transit. Right now, with parking at $4 all day (much cheaper than two bus tickets) at $60 per month (just $2.73 per day) in municipal lots, and a transportation system that drastically favours driving it is no wonder that most people choose to drive. But don't forget that even now the city claims that during rush hour the transit lane carries as many people as the other lanes!

The first picture shows three lanes of non-transit motor vehicle lanes (plus a transit and bike lane and ample parking). That's more than sufficient for Main and King given the current traffic levels. It's not clear that this street is much wider than Main or King St at their widest points (the lanes are quite narrow in the NYC picture).

How long would a change of this magnitude take? Well, NYC has made this sort of change in just a very few years, in a much more challenging context. Presumably, Hamilton, with much less traffic could as well. Similarly, Paris (with a much higher level of traffic) has implemented a network of largely combined bus and cycle lanes on their arteries in just a few years. It is possible.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-12-09 12:20:06

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