2016 Action Recommendations
3.0 Built Environment and Infrastructure
Hamilton is in the midst of a major transition on multiple levels that includes major infrastructure and City-building projects such as the development of Hamilton’s West Harbour and a new light rail transit system. Conversations focused on issues related to these projects, as well as broader issues around building sustainable, healthy communities.
3.1 Design Livable Community Environments
- Add more trees to the landscape and create an urban forest plan.
- Promote and support more street beautification projects throughout Hamilton.
- Develop a complete streets strategy to ensure that complete streets are a priority whenever construction work is done (know that this can’t always be done, but there needs to be a mechanism of transparency on how decisions are made).
- Protect Hamilton’s heritage buildings and housing stock by ensuring that conservation is part of decision-making processes for planning and economic development.
- Find ways to incorporate student projects and research into planning and implementation of the light rail transit (LRT) project.
- Create a shop local movement to promote local businesses during LRT construction.
- Consider how closed streets during LRT construction can be used for fun neighbourhood development and community gatherings.
- Develop a strategy for mixed use housing and neighbourhoods.
- Develop a strategy to respond to gentrification.
3.2 Build Safe & Healthy Neighbourhoods
- Increase access to grocery stores in all communities.
- Commit to City to the vision zero program, which has a target of zero deaths or fatalities within the City’s transportation network.
- Increase the number of bike share bikes and hubs in Hamilton.
- Create more bike lanes to provide healthy and safe active transportation options for students and communities.
- Encourage development that supports people who already live in an area. This is especially important as multiple areas in the City of Hamilton experience gentrification.
- Encouraging healthy lifestyles like walking and biking.
- Reduce speed limits in neighbourhoods to improve safety.
- Install more push button activated cross walks throughout Hamilton.
- Advocate with the City to take responsibility for cleaning alleyways and promoting them as part of our urban transportation infrastructure.
- Have students explore experimental design in low impact development. Pilot ideas for urban planning and sustainable building that change from the status quo.
- Consider alternatives to current storm water curb and sewer designs that impact people with disabilities and pedestrians.
- Create an education campaign for public on benefits of great design and infrastructure.
- Improve wayfinding and interpretive signage throughout the City, with a focus on economic, cultural, and recreational destinations.
3.3 Provide Input to Hamilton’s Transportation Master Plan Update
- Compare the 10 year capital projects budget plan against the plans for improving active transportation infrastructure; highlight gaps in the capital budget for funding active transportation infrastructure going forward.
3.4 Increase Active Transportation Access for Non-Driving Population
- Do an analysis of transportation costs for residents living in affordable housing, comparing transportation costs and housing costs to income.
- Consider incorporating SoBi Bike membership into McMaster student tuition fees.
- Create a phone app that provides people with route options when using active transportation and provides the ability to highlight construction, potholes, snow clearing, and other issues.
- Install more protected bike lanes.
- Identify and fill the gaps in pedestrian and cycling network infrastructure.
- Improve access to and information about local walking and cycling trails and pathways.
- Advocate to the provincial and federal government for active transportation infrastructure funding.
- Advocate for improvements to active transportation infrastructure, and additional SoBi Bike stations and bike racks in Hamilton.
- Encourage students to come out to the Bike for Mike ride on May 1, 2016.
- Promote Bike to Work Day (May 30th) and Bike Month (May 30th to June 30th) more broadly throughout the community.
- Educate the public about the benefits of an active transportation network.
- Explore ways that educational institutions can assist the Hamilton Burlington Trails Council with the Regional Greenway Network Plan as well as with analyzing active transportation data.
- Help recruit volunteers for the Hamilton Burlington Trails Council Regional Trail Survey.
- Make trail maps more available to McMaster students.
- Organize more student bike tours of Hamilton in partnership with SoBi Bikes.
- Encourage educational institutions to add more bike racks.