In December, TCAT released The Complete Streets Catalogue: Understanding Complete Streets in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Region. Featured projects from 19 municipalities reflect the diversity of Complete Streets approaches being implemented by municipalities across the region. Four case studies provide more detailed insight into select projects. Each month, TCAT News will feature one of these case studies.
Cannon Street in Hamilton was chosen as a case study because it offers a compelling example of using the the concept of Complete Streets to help drive the transformation of an industrial area in transition.
Cannon Street passes through a neighbourhood transitioning from historically industrial uses to residential and mixed-uses. The corridor was previously designed to accommodate truck traffic, and has been reconfigured to 2-3 lanes from 3-5, with 3.4 kilometres of planter-separated bi-directional bike lanes, on street paint treatments, and bike boxes at intersections. Pedestrian improvements are forthcoming with the implementation of the Cannon Street Masterplan.
A local cycling advocacy group, Yes We Cannon, was essential to implementing the project, collecting over 2,500 signatures of support, and monitoring progress on social media.
Earlier this month, the Globe and Mail published an article that gives some background about Hamilton's renewal process, including improved transit, waterfront redevelopment, and street conversions. Hamilton is on a roll as it invests and builds support for changes that will make the city more liveable as it grows and evolves.
Read TCAT's Cannon Street case study here.
Photo Credit: Yes We Cannon