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Deputation to the City's of Hamilton General Issues Committee of Council about pedestrian safety in Hamilton. This deputation was in support of Hamilton's Pedestrian Mobility Plan and asked for the ...

Deputation to the City's of Hamilton General Issues Committee of Council about pedestrian safety in Hamilton. This deputation was in support of Hamilton's Pedestrian Mobility Plan and asked for the City to also adopt a Complete Streets policy.

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  • Thank you Mr. Deputy Mayor, Mayor Bratina, and Councillors.  My deputation will have two parts:First, I will bring you a preview of new data we have analyzed that supports the need for a Pedestrian Mobility Plan. Second, I will explain why the city still need a Complete Streets policy, an example of which we have prepared and distributed.
  • We have analyzed existing data from Hamilton’s Traffic Safety Status report and the Ontario Road Safety reports and found that pedestrians and cyclists are at a higher risk of injury in Hamilton than Ontario.
  • This chart shows that Hamilton is 4% of Ontario’s population and we are similarly 4.1% of Ontario’s motor vehicle collisions. But we are 5.4% of Ontario’s pedestrian injuries and fatalities and we are 5.8% of Ontario’s cyclists injuries and fatalities. Given that we also have lower rates of commuting by walking and bike (as shown in the chart), this means that the risk of injury for pedestrians is 35%-42% higher in Hamilton compared to Ontario and for cyclists the risk is 45-81% higher.
  • Politicians around North America are recognizing that our streets are unsafe and starting to take action. Here’s a quote from Corey Brooker, then Mayor of Newark now US Senator, speaking especially about the effects of unsafe streets for seniors.
  • In Hamilton, we sadly know that reality very well. Here’s information on the last 6 pedestrians killed on our streets in Hamilton, 5 were seniors. Each of these seniors were crossing the road in broad daylight. Our aging population makes safer streets even more urgent. Many councilors would know these tragedies well and councilors and staff have worked to improve some of these intersections, after their deaths. The Pedestrian Mobility Plan will help the city do more to prevent deaths like this. Cities like Vancouver and Chicago have set a goal of eliminating all pedestrian deaths.
  • Another reason to support the Pedestrian Mobility Plan is its strong links with the Neighbourhood Development Strategy. This will be an important way to decrease inequities between neighbourhoods and make sure we no longer have sidewalks that look like this.
  • This chart is based on the City’s Network Screening analysis of Hamilton riskiest roads. Our analysis of this data shows that the areas within the boundaries of the Neighbourhood Development Strategy have a higher rate of their streets being categorized as high risk, compared to the city overall. The Pedestrian Mobility Plan will help reduce that gap.
  • Adopting this Pedestrian Mobility Plan is a very important, but we Hamilton will still need a Complete Streets Policy.
  • A complete streets policy helps in achieving balance between important objectives that we all share: Cost effective mobilityUser convenience and comfort Overall accessibilitySafety and security Fairness for non-driversLocal economic development
  • Over 500 Communities have adopted Complete Streets Policies, including Edmonton, Calgary and Waterloo in Canada and are starting to reap the economic, social and health benefits.
  • I have provided you a copy of a Complete Streets policy that was prepared by the Social Planning and Research Council with the input of over 100 residents.
  • The bolded parts indicate the main sections of a Complete Streets policy that are not part of the Pedestrian Mobility Plan. For example: an exception mechanism. It’s important to have a Complete Streets policy that has a clear mechanism for exceptions, because we know they will happen, a complete streets policy ensures they are documented an approved at a high level, to increase transparency and accountability for these exceptions.
  • There are many voices in many sectors in Hamilton for these kinds of policies. I will leave you with these quotes from the Hamilton Council on Aging and the Chamber of Commerce as two examples. You also have a letter of support from the Durand Neighbourhood Association. Thank you for your time.

Hamilton's Streets are Incomplete Hamilton's Streets are Incomplete Presentation Transcript

  • Hamilton’s streets are incomplete Deputation to the General Issues Committee November 6, 2013 Sara Mayo Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton
  • 1) New data supporting need for Pedestrian Mobility Plan 2) Why Hamilton also needs a Complete Street policy
  • Pedestrians and cyclists are at higher risk of injury in Hamilton compared to Ontario
  • Hamilton as a percentage of Ontario's... Population 4.0% Fatal and injury motor vehicle collisions 4.1% Pedestrian commuters 3.8% 5.4% Pedestrian injuries and fatalities Cyclist commuters Cyclist injuries and fatalities 35%-42% higher risk of injury for pedestrians in Hamilton compared to Ontario 3.2% 5.8% 45%-81% higher risk of injury for cyclists in Hamilton compared to Ontario Data sources: 2010 Ontario Road Safety Report; 2008-2010 Hamilton Traffic Safety Status Report; 2011 Census; 2006 Census (Long form)
  • “This is an urgent issue. Seniors feel more and more trapped in their own homes, because crossing major intersections is more and more difficult. It’s 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
  • Pedestrians killed on Hamilton’s streets, in the last year Kitty Macleod, 87 Governor’s Road and Overfield (St. Joseph’s Villa) December 2 2012, 9:30 am Woman, 72 (name withheld) Wentworth North and Aikman February 13, 2013, 3:40 pm Woman, 83 (name withheld) Upper Gage and Mohawk May 15 2013, 5:00 pm Man, 85 (name withheld) Barton East and Kenora August 30th, 10:00 am Woman, 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.) Zoë Nudell, 33 Charlton East and Wentworth South Impaired driver October 30 2013, 6:00 pm
  • Treating all neighbourhoods equally will reinforce existing inequalities
  • Risky streets as a % of total streets City of Hamilton 1.5% 3.8% Neighbourhood Action Strategy boundaries 2.4 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.
  • Complete Streets Policy for Hamilton
  • 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 mobility User convenience and comfort Overall accessibility Safety and security Fairness for non-drivers Local economic development Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute: Evaluating Complete Streets: The Value of Designing Roads For Diverse Modes, Users and Activities (2013)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • “Walkability was identified as a key to sustainable growth by Hamilton’s 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)