|Cars and trucks had right of way, pedestrians had to wait for breaks in high speed traffic to cross Cootes Drive|
OPIRG’s Transportation for Liveable Communities working group took the lead in advocating a pedestrian crossing signal at Cootes Drive between McMaster and Sanders Blvd.
Research and professional polls have unambiguously indicated that a large number of people are prepared to switch to alternative modes of transportation if a safe route is provided between their community and work place. A safe Cootes crossing can make commuting in west Hamilton much more appealing. Thus a safe Cootes Crossing will help McMaster University and the City of Hamilton achieve their formally stated goal of generating a dramatic increase in the use of alternative modes of transportation.
We think that the only alternative that can allow for a safe Cootes crossing is a pedestrian/cyclist activated traffic signal and physical traffic-calming measures to slow traffic (ex. raised table). We realize that a traffic light may cause minimal delay to vehicles. However, the environmental cost of a massive increase in automobile traffic and parking next to Cootes Paradise are much higher.
Read TLC’s full letter to the City of Hamilton on the topic: