The purpose of this study is to undertake a comprehensive Pedestrian Mobility Master Plan for the City of Hamilton. This plan will establish a 20 year (2031) framework to improve the pedestrian environment and increase the opportunity for walking as a mode of transportation (active travel) and recreation that is efficient, comfortable, safe inclusive, accessible and improve health of communities and economic development.
This master plan study will follow phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Engineers Association’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000 as amended in 2007).
The City of Hamilton is located in the heart of the Greater Golden Horseshoe at the western part of Lake Ontario. The City of Hamilton is approximately 1,117 square kilometers in size and is home to some 505,000 people. The population has been growing by about 1 percent per year and the population is expected to grow to about 660,000 by 2031. Walking is important to a number of stakeholders such as universities and colleges, vocation or technical schools, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools as well as hospitals, private corporations, and the public at large.
The urban Official Plan (OP) (2009) and the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) (2007) approved by Hamilton City Council adopted a balanced multi-modal transportation network to improve transportation mode choice for users by providing sustainable transportation to ease congestion, improve health of communities and protect the environment.
The City of Hamilton has a pedestrian network strategy that articulates a high level plan in the TMP for improving pedestrian conditions and promoting walking in Hamilton. It outlines the goals and targets and proposes infrastructure investments and supporting action to achieve these targets and recommended that improvements to the pedestrian environments must be planned at the street and intersection level scale.
This can be accomplished by enhancing facilities for walking, the built environment, cultural environment and social infrastructure that supports and encourages walking. Good walking environments have health, social, economic, safety and environmental benefits and include vibrant streets, open spaces, public spaces, appropriate lighting and a neighbourhood ambiance including appropriately placed street furniture where people choose to walk more frequently.
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY PROCESS
The goals of this project are to address the short and long term pedestrian transportation, walkability and recreation requirements to improve sustainable transportation and:
Increase pedestrian safety (along and across the road), comfort, accessibility, physical activity, health, equity and environmental benefits
Increase the number of walking trips to achieve the TMP pedestrian mode split target of daily trips in the short term to 10% and long term to 15% (including cycling) across the City
Reduce pedestrian/automobile collisions
Guide future City development in such a way that further encourages the creation of a high quality pedestrian environment and facilities that encourages a “culture of walking” and active transportation in Hamilton
Undertake a comprehensive review of roles and responsibilities of all City Sections involved in the planning, implementation and maintenance of pedestrian programs, network and infrastructure and properly assign appropriate responsibilities for efficient collaboration
Produce a document for the planning and implementation of initiatives that maintains a focus on financial constraints, therefore bringing forward implementation initiatives that coordinate with other key projects, and/or, through creative and innovative solutions
Determine the Lead Group / Section to implement and monitor the recommendations of this study
Consultation early in and throughout the process is a key component of Environmental Assessment planning. An important part of the study will be consultation with interested stakeholders including the public, interest groups and regulatory agencies. The consultation program has been developed to ensure that all of those potential interests in the study have the opportunity to participate and provide input during the process.
A Pedestrian Advisory Group (PAG) will be established to provide guidance and review at key stages of the Master Plan study. The role of the PAG will be to provide the Project Team with insight on relevant community issues and possible solutions.
Public Notice will be provided in the Hamilton Spectator and Community newspapers to inform people of the public events that will be occurring for the project.
Two Public Information Centres (PIC) will be held during the study to provide an opportunity for public input on the work that is being done for the Pedestrian Master Plan. The PIC’s will be highly interactive to enable all participants to provide maximum feedback. Consultation will therefore include a number of techniques and venues to solicit input based on local experience and preferences.
Staff and Councillor Workshops will be held to review feasibility of alternatives and associated impacts.
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A Pedestrian On-line Survey will be provided on this website and hard copies of the survey will be provided during the PIC’s.
COMMUNITY WALK MAP - View Results
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Please click on the link below for access to an interactive map to assist us in gathering information relating to your observations and comments regarding walking and mobility in Hamilton. Instructions are included to guide you through the process.
PROPOSED STUDY SCHEDULE
The following milestones and completion dates have been identified:
Notice of Study Commencement – March 2011
PAG Meeting No. 1 – February 2011
On-line Pedestrian Survey – February 2011
PAG Meeting No 2 – March 2011
PIC No 1 (4 locations throughout the City) – March/April 2011
PAG Meeting No 3 – June 2011
Staff Workshop – June 2011
PAG Meeting No 4 – August 2011
Study Completion- February 2012
PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE No. 1
PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE No. 2
PUBLIC COMMENTS INVITED
There is opportunity at any time during this process for interested persons to review outstanding issues and bring concerns to the attention of the Project Manager. If you require additional information related to the study or wish to be added to the study mailing list, please contact:
Public Works Department
City of Hamilton
Tel: 905-546-2424 ext. 2975
G. O’Connor Consultants Inc.
3310 South Service Road, Suite 205
Project Website: www.hamilton.ca/PedestrianMP