Built Environment and Infrastructure

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

  1. Add more trees to the landscape and create an urban forest plan.
  2. Promote and support more street beautification projects throughout Hamilton.
  3. 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).
  4. Protect Hamilton’s heritage buildings and housing stock by ensuring that conservation is part of decision-making processes for planning and economic development.
  5. Find ways to incorporate student projects and research into planning and implementation of the light rail transit (LRT) project.
  6. Create a shop local movement to promote local businesses during LRT construction.
  7. Consider how closed streets during LRT construction can be used for fun neighbourhood development and community gatherings.
  8. Develop a strategy for mixed use housing and neighbourhoods.
  9. Develop a strategy to respond to gentrification.

3.2 Build Safe & Healthy Neighbourhoods

  1. Increase access to grocery stores in all communities.
  2. Commit to City to the vision zero program, which has a target of zero deaths or fatalities within the City’s transportation network.
  3. Increase the number of bike share bikes and hubs in Hamilton.
  4. Create more bike lanes to provide healthy and safe active transportation options for students and communities.
  5. 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.
  6. Encouraging healthy lifestyles like walking and biking.
  7. Reduce speed limits in neighbourhoods to improve safety.
  8. Install more push button activated cross walks throughout Hamilton.
  9. Advocate with the City to take responsibility for cleaning alleyways and promoting them as part of our urban transportation infrastructure.
  10. Have students explore experimental design in low impact development. Pilot ideas for urban planning and sustainable building that change from the status quo.
  11. Consider alternatives to current storm water curb and sewer designs that impact people with disabilities and pedestrians.
  12. Create an education campaign for public on benefits of great design and infrastructure.
  13. 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

  1. 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

  1. Do an analysis of transportation costs for residents living in affordable housing, comparing transportation costs and housing costs to income.
  2. Consider incorporating SoBi Bike membership into McMaster student tuition fees.
  3. 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.
  4. Install more protected bike lanes.
  5. Identify and fill the gaps in pedestrian and cycling network infrastructure.
  6. Improve access to and information about local walking and cycling trails and pathways.
  7. Advocate to the provincial and federal government for active transportation infrastructure funding.
  8. Advocate for improvements to active transportation infrastructure, and additional SoBi Bike stations and bike racks in Hamilton.
  9. Encourage students to come out to the Bike for Mike ride on May 1, 2016.
  10. Promote Bike to Work Day (May 30th) and Bike Month (May 30th to June 30th) more broadly throughout the community.
  11. Educate the public about the benefits of an active transportation network.
  12. 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.
  13. Help recruit volunteers for the Hamilton Burlington Trails Council Regional Trail Survey.
  14. Make trail maps more available to McMaster students.
  15. Organize more student bike tours of Hamilton in partnership with SoBi Bikes.
  16. Encourage educational institutions to add more bike racks.