Claudelands Bridge mandate for change

With all change, it’s good to bring people along with you. Over the last few weeks Councillor Mark Bunting put this to the test with the changes to Claudelands Bridge and was rewarded  with the highest number of votes in the East ward.

Claudelands Bridge was identified decades ago as a key “cycle route into the city, with an average of 150 cyclists during the peak hour”. Recently (Waikato Times, July 19,  2019), Libby Wilson reported that “Council figures say about 600 bikes cross Claudelands Bridge in a day”

Cycling in Hamilton page 5: Library REF 711,7209931151 HAM

With the changes now in place we still see very little ‘eastbound motor traffic’, which is what Marcus Brown noted to council in 2018, and we do see some people still biking on the footpath. So would Marcus Brown’s idea of trialling the closure of Claudelands Bridge to eastbound traffic and using street cones to create protected bike lanes across the bridge be worth a try to see if we can give the footpaths back to the pedestrians?

From November 10th to 13th, Hamilton is hosting the Trafinz Conference. The newly elected Mayor and councillors have an opportunity to match talk with actions, by closing the eastbound lane to motor vehicles and providing a continuous protected bike lane linking the Claudelands event centre with the city centre.

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