Hamilton strong bus, cycle, walking core

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In Hamilton’s political leadership team there are some who encourage people to be overly concerned about the impact that ‘development will have on traffic volumes’ without coaxing people to take the time to consider the benefits of compact neighbourhoods and more people bussing, biking and walking. One local political leader wants change before the next election: Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor says “When I was driving around trying to put up election signs … how hard it was to find a park in some of these places and I’d love to see it changed before the next election campaign if I could.”

*Hearings and Engagement Committee Meeting – 23 April 2020 – 24:35 

In the core of Hamilton over 20% of people do not take a car to work; these 1 in 5 workers allow others a car parking space at work. Hamilton’s inner core is surrounded by neighbourhoods where over 10% of people do not take a car to work; these 1 in 10 workers allow others a car parking space at work. If we want to help provide car parking for people who truly need it, then we should take a 20-minute walk, cycle, or public transport trip from home to work. We should do this often and support investment that would make walking, cycling and public transport irresistible. This frees up car parking. As Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor said, “When I visited I couldn’t find a park. That is not a good result, not good planning”**, but having more people taking a 20-minute walk, cycle, or public transport trip from home to work is good planning.

**Strategic Growth Committee Meeting – 13 February 2020 – 1:18:00

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