Comment 92463

By fmurray (registered) | Posted September 22, 2013 at 15:05:13 in reply to Comment 92452

Sorry, Spacemonkey, have to disagree. There were MANY times, when I lived in Stoney Creek and worked in the west end that I travelled from Main and Dundurn to Parkdale in 10 minutes or less. I was not sticking to 50 km/hour. I know, you can spit on me for my stupidity at that time, but being under pressure and running a few minutes late, can make people take risks they shouldn't. It's easy to get around the clump of cars by driving in the curb lanes. The one-way streets, as they are designed, are built for speed. Excess lane capacity gives drivers confidence that they can go with a fast flow of traffic, and the green light synchronization is like a free pass -- it encourages high speed, because if you slow down, you're going to get out of synch and get caught at a light. I still see drivers doing this, and they are the ones who will protest until hell freezes over that we need to keep the one-way arteries of King, Main and Cannon. I've never witnessed a fast flow of traffic on Barton Street.

We need wider sidewalks and fewer lanes of traffic. Two-way conversion would be ideal, but may never come to pass. The five-lane design has to change and pedestrians have to have a wider sidewalk. Oh and two-way bike lanes. We need those too.

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