Hamilton's Streets are Incomplete

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  1. 1. Hamiltons streets are incompleteDeputation to the General Issues Committee November 6, 2013 Sara Mayo Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton
  2. 2. 1) New data supporting need for Pedestrian Mobility Plan 2) Why Hamilton also needs a Complete Street policy
  3. 3. Pedestrians and cyclists are at higher risk of injury in Hamilton compared to Ontario
  4. 4. Hamilton as a percentage of Ontario's... Population4.0%Fatal and injury motor vehicle collisions4.1%Pedestrian commuters3.8% 5.4%Pedestrian injuries and fatalitiesCyclist commutersCyclist injuries and fatalities35%-42% higher risk of injury for pedestrians in Hamilton compared to Ontario3.2% 5.8%45%-81% higher risk of injury for cyclists in Hamilton compared to OntarioData sources: 2010 Ontario Road Safety Report; 2008-2010 Hamilton Traffic Safety Status Report; 2011 Census; 2006 Census (Long form)
  5. 5. This is an urgent issue. Seniors feel more and more trapped in their own homes, because crossing major intersections is more and more difficult. Its harder and harder to get around because our streets are not safe. Corey Booker, Mayor Newark, New Jersey Newark adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2012
  6. 6. Pedestrians killed on Hamiltons streets, in the last year Kitty Macleod, 87 Governors Road and Overfield (St. Josephs Villa) December 2 2012, 9:30 amWoman, 72 (name withheld) Wentworth North and Aikman February 13, 2013, 3:40 pmWoman, 83 (name withheld) Upper Gage and Mohawk May 15 2013, 5:00 pmMan, 85 (name withheld) Barton East and Kenora August 30th, 10:00 amWoman, 86 (name withheld) Main West and Ray Hit and run September 30 2013, 2:00 pm (By coincidence, the next day, Councillors debated widening sidewalks on that part of Main St., but postponed the decision to a later date.)Zo Nudell, 33 Charlton East and Wentworth South Impaired driver October 30 2013, 6:00 pm
  7. 7. Treating all neighbourhoods equally will reinforce existing inequalities
  8. 8. Risky streets as a % of total streetsCity of Hamilton1.5%3.8%Neighbourhood Action Strategy boundaries2.4 times as likely to have risky roads Data source: 2008-2012 Network Risk Screening, City of Hamilton. Based on top 60 streets rated by City as highest risk. Chart based on total street kms that have been screened as having highest risk, compared to overall street kms. Data was aggregated to Neighbourhood Action Strategy Boundaries by the author using geographic information systems software.
  9. 9. Complete Streets Policy for Hamilton
  10. 10. Urban streets are a scarce and valuable resource. How they are designed and managed represents an allocation of public resources that should balance various objectives: Cost effective mobilityUser convenience and comfortOverall accessibilitySafety and securityFairness for non-driversLocal economic developmentTodd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute: Evaluating Complete Streets: The Value of Designing Roads For Diverse Modes, Users and Activities (2013)
  11. 11. Now over 500 Complete Streets policies adopted in US.Large cities and small towns are adopting Complete Streets policies to help them achieve a better balance on their streets and improve quality of life for all residents.
  12. 12. Draft Complete Streets Policy for Hamilton (Copy provided) Over 100 residents involved in the development of this policy. Most of text is adapted from policies adopted in various other jurisdictions PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. Definition 2. Context 3. Purpose 4. Supportive Vision, Values, Strategic Priorities and Policies PART II: PRINCIPLES 5. Objectives 6. Funding PART III: IMPLEMENTATION 7. Operation 8. Exception mechanism PART IV: MONITORING 9. Progress Reporting and Measures of Success 10. Open Data 11. Complete Streets Advisory Committee
  13. 13. In the Rapid Ready report, City committed to the Development and Implementation of a Complete Streets Strategy/Policy as part of the 5-year Transportation Master Plan review.I ask you today to move a motion to send this draft Complete Streets policy to staff for consideration as part of the review of the Transportation Master Plan.
  14. 14. Walkability was identified as a key to sustainable growth by Hamiltons Economic Summit. But it is much more than that. It is also a key to an age-friendly city an inclusive and accessible urban environment that promotes active aging and improves the quality of life for all members of society.Margaret Denton, President Hamilton Council on Aging (Hamilton Spectator, Jun 16, 2011)The good news is that Complete Streets is no longer a radical concept in Hamilton due to the success experienced in other cities around the world. Keanin Loomis, President Hamilton Chamber of Commerce (Hamilton Spectator, September 25, 2013)