This effectively strands many people, including the elderly, people with mobility devices (electric scooters, walkers) and people with young children (in strollers) who wish to go about their business but do not drive.
This approach irks, especially since it does nothing to encourage - indeed it marginalizes - people who don't use a motor vehicle: the kind of person the city is supposed to be encouraging according to their planning documents, for example:
Expand transportation options that encourage travel by foot, bike and transit and enhance efficient inter-regional transportation connections."GRIDS Directions to Guide Development
or in more detail:
1.2 The Importance of Walking and Bicycling
In healthy communities walking, cycling and other kinds of non-motorized transportation (e.g. roller blades, scooters, skateboards, etc.) are a normal, routine part of daily life. These active modes contribute to the quality of life and public health, provide options for getting around, and are important elements of the integrated transportation solution the City of Hamilton wants to achieve.
Specifically, walking and cycling are directly related to the following GRIDS strategic directions:
Four: Design Neighbourhoods to improve access to community life.
Six: Expand transportation options that encourage travel by foot, bicycle and transit and enhance efficient inter-regional transportation connections.
Promoting and encouraging walking and cycling through the provision of facilities and programs helps build active communities, and reduces the dependence on automobile transportation and the associated infrastructure costs, air quality, safety and congestion problems. With the increasing focus on the health costs of our sedentary lifestyles, daily walking and cycling are seen as essential components of a healthy lifestyle. Many communities are attempting to redesign themselves to facilitate non-motorized travel by: Providing walkways and bikeways that accommodate and encourage non-motorized travel, rather than only designing communities around the automobile; Managing traffic and road design to allow pedestrians, cyclists and other travelers as well as motorists to use the roads. Features that facilitate automobile use such as wide roads and intersections, large parking lots, drive-through businesses can create an uncomfortable and unsafe environment for non-motorists; Encouraging walking and cycling within and between communities by managing the shape of urban growth and promoting more compact development.
Within transportation plans, policies that affect walking and cycling involve the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of linear facilities (sidewalks, crosswalks, trails, bikeways, and bicycles on transit) and other amenities (benches, shelters, bicycle parking, etc.), and may also complement policies in other City programs that encourage cycling and walking (safety and education programs, bikeway maps, etc.).
DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY PAPERS FOR PHASE TWO OF THE TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN FOR THE CITY OF HAMILTON
WALKING AND CYCLING POLICY PAPER
and this from City of Hamilton's PEDESTRIAN NETWORK STRATEGY Working Paper, May 2007: 6.2 Providing and Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities
Implement a non-motorized maintenance program. Expand programs to clean and remove snow from pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Develop a program for quick repair of infrastructure such as street/sidewalk repair, catch basin repair, removal of road hazards, signage repairs, traffic signal modifications, etc. Place priority on safety-related spot improvements.
Hamilton will catch edge of major U.S. storm TheSpec.com - BreakingNews - Hamilton will catch edge of major U.S. stormBlizzard menaces northern states from Oklahoma to Maine. The Hamilton area may see the heaviest snowfall.
All of Southern Ontario is under a winter storm watch this afternoon as forecasters warn of a major blizzard starting tomorrow.
Local accumulations of 25 centimetres in less than 24 hours are possible, Environment Canada predicts, adding that blowing snow and freezing rain may make travel difficult.
The Hamilton area may see the heaviest snowfall.
"Travel should be postponed or alternate travel arrangements should be considered," the weather service warns.
Meanwhile, another wintry blast was forecast today for the midsection of the United States, where hundreds of thousands are still in the dark after a deadly ice storm brought down power lines, snapped trees and coated roads.
The system could complicate restoration efforts to the some 500,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri still without power after the first storm darkened 1 million customers at its height earlier this week.
Between five and 15 centimetres of snow was predicted for parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, said Ken Harding, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, Kan. The National Weather Service issued winter weather watches for the northwest two-thirds of Oklahoma from this afternoon through Saturday morning.
Many emergency shelters already were filled, with some residents on their fourth or fifth day of waiting for power to return. Kim Harrel has been staying at an American Red Cross shelter in downtown Tulsa since Monday.
"It's a very humbling thing in life," Harrel said, watching her kids play a game of Twister in the gymnasium on Thursday.
Meanwhile, residents in the U.S. Northeast were hard at work shovelling driveways and walkways. As the storm moved east, it changed from ice to snow, and dropped anywhere from five to 30 centimetres across the region.
While it didn't cause the same problems as it did in the middle of the country, it made travel difficult. Flights were delayed or cancelled and the heavy snow snarled traffic with fender-benders from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. Most schools cancelled classes, but in Rhode Island, the storm left many Providence children stuck in buses or at school for hours.
Janet McCaulley, a doctor, tried to drive from Boston to work an overnight shift at Cape Cod Hospital, but couldn't get there. She found a replacement and checked in at a motel for the afternoon.
"In just an hour, the roads went from being bare to being covered in snow," McCaulley said.
David Rose, who owns an auto body and repair shop, expects to be one of the few beneficiaries of the storm.
"We'll have a lot of collision repair, batteries, tires and a lot of things people realize they needed, wipers for the snow,'' said Rose, whose shop is in Columbia, Conn.
The region was readying for another major storm this weekend. Harding said the storm heading for Oklahoma will intensify. Starting Sunday night, the system will drop "huge amounts of snow, probably blizzard conditions in New England," he said.
More than a foot of snow was predicted for places in Vermont, New Hampshire, upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.