A robust Complete Streets policy would improve Hamilton’s streets so they are designed for the safety, convenience and comfort of all users, regardless of transportation mode, physical ability or age.
Complete Streets policies have been adopted in over 500 communities in North America. A Complete Street policy ensures that safe and comfortable access for pedestrians, bicycles, transit users and the mobility-impaired is not an afterthought, but an integral planning feature.
Complete Streets are being promoted by many community leaders in Hamilton across sectors as a way to promote health, livability, equity, economic development and cost savings, including:
- Nin Trahn, Associate Medical Officer of Heatlh
- Keanin Loomis, CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
- Margaret Denton, Chair Hamilton Council on Aging
- among many others…
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A Complete Streets policy directs transportation planners and engineers to routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. This means that every transportation project will make the street network better and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and cyclists – making Hamilton a better place to live.
By adopting and implementing a Complete Streets policy, the City of Hamilton can:
- realize long-term cost savings in improved public health, better environmental stewardship, reduced fuel consumption, and reduced lifecycle costs of motor vehicle infrastructure.
- contribute to making neighbourhoods more walkable, which can foster interaction, strengthen street-level retail business, create a sense of community pride, and increase safety for all residents.
- contribute to reducing health disparities between Hamilton’s high, middle and low income neighbourhoods.