Comment 93323

By JustinJones (registered) - website | Posted October 16, 2013 at 01:56:09 in reply to Comment 93321

Kevin - I agree that the examples from Europe are much better for cyclists, but we have to live with the political reality here, and that reality sometimes dictates us settling for infrastructure that is good, rather than great. The examples from the US give our city staff clear examples of where safe cycling infrastructure has been successfully installed in a North American, car-centric context to good effect, and avoids the arguments of "well this is Hamilton, not (insert dutch city here)" or the omnipresent concern about infrastructure costs (ie - the "you're going to spend HOW MUCH on cyclists?!?" set).

Small steps forward reduce the likelihood we'll see a massive backlash. Amsterdam wasn't made bike friendly in a day, and neither will Hamilton - so let's present solutions that are context-sensitive and continue winning incremental gains, then maybe in 5-10 years we can start talking about the protected roundabout intersections on King and Main :)

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