2018 Municipal Candidates' Positions on Cycling
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Cycle Hamilton contacted all Municipal Candidates that provided an official email address in order to better understand their positions on bike-related issues. For more information: Kate Whalen, Co-Chair, chair@cyclehamont.ca
TimestampYour NameWith Hamilton's population set to grow by almost 23% by 2031, a key challenge for Hamilton is to accommodate a growing number of trips without being able to widen roads (Transportation Master Plan p.2). New and improved road designs should be implemented to move more people by dedicating space for people biking, walking and taking transit.The City has fallen behind in our commitment to implementing our Cycling Master Plan. If elected, I will vote to allocate funds for us to catch-up?Investing in a bike-friendly community benefits everyone.I support the immediate implementation of “Vision Zero” If elected, I will work with the community to identify and invest in specific projects to increase mobility via active travel for all members of the community.In your opinion, is it important that Hamilton increase the number of protected bike lanes? Why or why not?What do you hear from residents in your ward about cycling?Is cycling in your platform? If so, what specific improvements for cyclists in your community would you work to implement? What questions do you have for us about cycling in Hamilton?Lastly, are you a member of Cycle Hamilton? (http://www.cyclehamont.ca/membership/)
Paul Fromm21213I was a motorist friendly Hamilton. Bike lanes seriously interfere with vehicular traffic.A fun sport and form of recreation, not really a means of serious travel.YES. No more dedicated cycling lanes to add even more to taffic congestion.No
Edward HC Graydon55555Sure I support any measure that makes are city safer. . Although I tend to take the position that cyleists have a responsibility to apply common sense . I also believe those that drive should not be held responsible for the careless actions of some that decide to commute by using a bike.In a reckless way. Most people state they want the cycle lanes gone although I personally support them.I would enforce the use of helmets and I would suggest the city implement a safety course when cyclists apply for a yearly licence of $75. I would suggest that our police force crack down on those that ignore the rules of the road.As safer roads benefit everybody.Why do you not support more concern around the need for bike safety lessons and the proper use of the roads? I support licensing cyclist with a annual $75 fee and a safety course that will be attached. I support the use of helmets as a mandatory if cyclist are going to share the roads. I also believe cyclists should be insured . I support fining cyclist in a aggressive way in order to make our streets safer for the pedestrian.Yes
George Rusich54355As a community we have a high obesity rate and our activity inequality as well as blood pressure levels are far too high and poor. We place such emphasis on monetary results as opposed to community safety as well as health and well being. The more protected bike lanes the safer the commute and the better our chances of changing habits and creating a healthier Hamilton. We need to set a target number and constantly strive to increase awareness and the benefits of an active lifestyle whether it Be walking, biking, sport and fitness. A lot of residents have created such an impression of relying on motor vehicles because of time constraints and bad habits of non bio mechanical movement. Excuses also include safety and a lack of accessibility to travel from all areas of the city. Also many businesses and schools lack proper bike racks. I believe educational programs such as the one you have implemented need to be incentivized and initiatives need to be recognized and be seen as a trend. My platform includes increasing access to sports, rec, and fitness initiatives with an annual fund for youth under 18 hoping to change habits at a young age and begin a new trend of a healthier, greener Hamilton. Safer bike lanes with greater accessibility to travel both east to west and north to south. Cycling, walking, non motorized vehicle days need to be put in place on major routes such as the red hill, the linc, Main Street, King street to show Hamilton that life goes on and residents still found a way to get around. We need to hold businesses accountable and schools for promoting active living and there is no reason every business and school shouldn’t have a bike rack. We almost need this to be mandated and overtime study the results these inplementations have in a positive manner which is sustainable and constantly growing. I just wanted to add bike friendly communities at our current mental state and bad habits benefit a smaller number of residents but with increased awareness and constant acknowledgement and a positive reinforcement they will surely benefit all of us. Not just bikes but greener, more active modes of transportation that will yield a healthier community, healthier workplaces, healthier students, and a healthier state of mind and well being. Also an environment we can be proud to say we make a conscious effort to keep beautiful and enhance. I would love to have an open unscripted conversation on a greener, healthier Hamilton as I have been very keen following up on studies with regards to promoting an overall better healthy self and currently own multiple health and wellness clinics and am constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of lives of my client, their families and sport organizations I have volunteered with for over 20 years.No
Phil Ryerson 11135Again the people are against it just like the LRTLike me they are against itI would change it to make it safer and better for all of usJust I would change it to make it better and safer for everyoneNo
Ute Schmid-Jones54444Yes, protected bike lanes create a safe space for cyclists especially on busy roads throughout our city.One of the greatest advocate for cycling in our city lives right in my neighbourhood, Tom Ford, and I recently attended one of his workshops at Longwood, McMaster Innovation Park. His remarkable effort to tirelessly address on social media, the barriers currently being experienced by cyclists, particularly young cyclist is advocacy work that is very valuable to our city. I'm fortunate to report that most people in my ward are becoming more and more comfortable with cycling infrastructure.Without revealing too much of my platform, which will unfold over the summer months, I do want to share that I have a unique idea that could help the city fund LRT/HSR, cycling infrastructure, and safe neighbourhoods (pedestrian safety). Stay tuned for that on my facebook page: Ute Schmid-Jones Hamilton's Mayoral Choice for Environmental and Economic Climate Resilience.
Not everyone is comfortable or even able to navigate on two wheels. What is your group doing to promote cycling on three wheels or advocate for those with accessibility challenges?No
Vito Sgro55555Yes, I believe it is very important that Hamilton implement full and protected bike lanes. I also believe this implementation should be initiated fully and not in a staggered manner. There are mixed responses in the neighbourhood I live in.My platform is dedicated to building a fully integrated transit system across the entire city. Cycling of course a part of this system. By implementing a BRT system throughout Hamilton, it will allow cyclists the ability to safely travel throughout the city, specifically in areas where bike lanes are not currently present.What part(s) of the city are in most need of proper cycling infrastructure?No
Nathalie Xian Yi Yan33444The strategy would have to be inclusive of all users of roads and sidewalks such cars , bikes , pedestrians , motorized bicycles etc. Residence were very vocal on the issues but felt the strategy should be revised Secure bike lanes where an over abundance of traffic would make it dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians and the drivers Keep being a positive voice and a strong representative for cyclists in Hamilton. you’re doing a good jobNo
Ward 1
Jason Allen55555Yes. In my platform I tell a story of how my 12 year old tried to ride in mixed traffic along sharrows, thinking they would protect him. If we are going to build cycling infrastructure that is safe for everyone - and not just self described road warriors - we need to protect riders from the risk of being struck by automobiles. The only way to do that is physical separation of the bike lanes. I myself am not a confident cyclist, and am generally scared to ride on the bike lanes in Hamilton. I wrote about it in Raise the Hammer a few years ago: https://www.raisethehammer.org/article/2243/confessions_of_a_nervous_cyclist If those lanes were protected and connected, I would ride far more often.
Unfortunately, the bike lanes on Charlton and Herkimer remain controversial - with a strong thread of misunderstanding that they are more dangerous for cyclists in their 'between the curb and the parking' set up. There needs to be a strong push of public education about these lanes and other cycling infrastrcture as to how it is safer and more fair for everyone. The city has completed the installation of these lanes, but the communication has not been sufficient.Cycling is part of my focus on 8-80 cities and complete streets. I would like to see greater connectivity between the various bike lanes in Ward 1, for instance I will push Loblaws to commit to a cycle path on Dundurn between King and Main. They had originally committed to this in return for an electronic billboard at King and Dundurn, but unfortunately with the change in Councillors, this agreement was forgotten. I will push hard to see it honoured.A huge feature of the discussion around cycling infrastructure in Hamilton is the (demonstrably false) notion that "cyclists break all the rules all the time, wheras drivers always obey the rules (or else they would get a ticket!). I regularly see drivers running stop signs, driving the wrong way on one-way streets, and being generally reckless, but when cyclists do it, it's viewed as an excuse to deny them infrastructure. Does Cycle Hamilton have any creative ideas as to how to help combat this misunderstanding that all cyclists break rules, and all drivers follow them, and help people to understand that regardless of this, everyone deserves to be able to travel safely?No
Sharon Anderson43455Yes it is important in order to decrease areas of potential conflict between cyclists and other road users.Generally the residents I’ve spoken to are positive about cycling infrastructure in our Ward. They express concern about the continuity of the network and the quality of the pavement. Complete streets are in my platform which includes having safe, convenient and comfortable travel for cyclists. I would strive to: achieve network continuity including extending the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail to the Escarpment Rail Trail, eliminate existing abrupt terminations in bike lanes on roadways and pave the Rail Trail from Ewen Road to Old Ancaster Road.What are the top three projects you think should be completed for the City and for Ward 1 in the short term and in the long term? (12 projects total)No
Sharon Cole55555It is very important to increase "protected" bike lanes. Where cars and trucks can't park in the lanes, where car doors do not open up into the lanes.Residents want safe streets to travel by bike by foot and by car. Recognizing safe protected cycling lanes is very important to the residents of Ward 1Yes it is, in my Transit Platform. It is an integrated plan working from LRT to Cycling Lanes. Reducing cars on the roads encouraging public transit with clean efficient travel. Vision Zero research and implementing.Please share with me your ideas for the future of cycling.No
Ela Eroglu55555Increasing the number of protected bike lanes is vital. Riding on streets mixed with fast moving cars is unsafe and stressful. Protected lanes will help reduce stress not only for cyclists but also for drivers and reduce the conflicts between all road users. It encourages more people to ride their bikes and promotes health. Protected bike lanes and protected intersections are key for biking accessible for cyclists ranging from experienced to those who are just starting. I think it should be mandatory design element for all new road designs and incorporated into the existing roads if possible.There is a huge support form the residents of ward 1 for protected bike lanes. It is very stressful riding on busy and/or crowded streets with fast moving cars. Most feel that protecting bike lanes from traffic would improve cycling. Continuous investment in cycling is necessary and is strongly supported by our citizens. Cycling is in my platform. I believe dedicated, protected bike lanes should be part of every road design. It will increase ridership when people feel safe and comfortable when biking. I believe that every road with a speed limits of over 30 km/hr should have a protected bike lane. I will work with other councillors to implement a strategy that includes safe and continuous routes that connects communities across the city and motivates people to ride their bikes more. Improving bicycle ridership is vital for a healthy community and healthy environment.What do you expect from your elected officials in order to create a truly cycling nation in Hamilton?No
Jordan Geertsma55555Yes, part of my platform is to make Hamilton roads more accessible to all who rely on them, whether they be cyclists, motorists, pedestrians or HSR. I believe that this begins with preventative maintenance of roads, as opposed to reactive maintenance. I believe that making HSR more efficient and user-friendly will cut down on the amount of motorists on our roads, freeing up more room for protected bike lanes without causing unnecessary congestion. Looking into creating more multi-level parking throughout the city would reduce the amount of street parking as well, freeing up room for even more bike lanes. I have heard frustrations voiced from both cyclists and motorists about sharing the roads. Both sides are frustrated with eachother, it seems, over the rules of the road in general. I think that everyone should be better educated about the rights and responsibilities that come with sharing the roads in Hamilton. They are there for all of us, and we should behave as such. Yes, in addition to the points mentioned above, I think we can do a better job with the street signals in this city. Every route that involves protected bike lanes should also have dedicated street lights. We should also work with the provincial government to better educate young drivers via the written and driving tests on matters of road safety when it comes to cyclists and pedestrians.How do you as cyclists feel about the growth in e-bikes across the city? Do you feel that they should require licenses and insurance?No
Sophie Geffros55555Yes. We have seen time and time again that "protections" via paint, bollards, or flowers does not work. It is vital that cyclists be protected and that we encourage the use of active travel via protected bike lanes and safe streets. That cycling accidents and collisions are depressingly common. Many individuals in my ward either use cycling as a primary method of transportation or wish that they could do so. When asked about what prevents them from using cycling as their primary method of transportation, they recount stories of collisions and near-misses. As a ward with a large amount of young people, who are more likely to use SoBi or personal bikes than the general population, it is vital that our roads be safe for cyclists. Cycling and pedestrian travel are vital components of my transit platform. In addition to improving infrastructure (maintaining roads to an accessible standards, prompt snow clearance that doesn't block bike lanes or curb cuts) I will bring forward a motion calling for all current and future bike lane projects be designed with consultation from the community and be truly protected. The SoBi project has been a great success, with widespread adoption, particularly in my home of Ward One. I understand that we are in some ways limited by the SmartBike technology in terms of what kinds of bikes we can provide. However, it would be a huge success for accessibility and equity if other forms of cycling transportation were available via bike share (hand-cycles, tricycles, to name a few). In you opinion, what would be necessary to ensure that our SoBi system is truly accessible and equitable?No
Carol Lazich55555I believe that we could use more bike lanes but there needs to be "smart" planning involved along with all stakeholders involved. We have become a city where multiple forms of transit are used and they all need to work seamlessly in order to create a safe and successful transit system for all users.There are always two sides to this issue and both are very passionate about their positions. Those who are Pro cycling advocate for more bike lanes but stress that they need to be made safer , whether through stricter rules of the road or visible efforts like barriers etc. Those who do not support cycling on the roads feel the planning for bike lanes is lacking with very little regard to the motorists.I am advocating for the implementation of 'Vision Zero" in my platform so am very much in support of "collective travel" and creating a cohesive user friendly transit community that encompasses all forms of transit. With increased population there is increased vehicles, bikes, strollers, scooters, ebikes etc and we have to establish a safe community to embraces all forms of travel. This starts at the planning stage and should involve all stakeholders.No questions at this time but thank you for contributing towards making Hamilton a multi transit user friendly community recognizing that all forms of transit must co-exist in a safe and accountable manner for all. No
Richard Massie55555Funding for Hamilton's public and cycling transit has been starved - we need healthy, equitable mobility for all citizens.There is a lack of cycling lanes, its unsafe with close passes and being cut off, experienced drivers who still don't check for bikes when turning, and cyclists disregarding rules of the road.Yes, cycling is a clean, healthy and efficient means of transportation. It requires safe paths and bike parking infrastructure. I would start simply - as Hamilton roads and walkways are planned or renewed - a path could be made next to the sidewalk, separated from the moving traffic by parked cars and a buffer zone for opening of car doors. Our 3 children, including one in senior high school, cannot remember ever having bike rodeos or bike education days - not even once. I remember having those in elementary school every year growing up. Would you support funding a one day program in schools again? No
Lyla Miklos55555Yes. We need to make sure our streets are safe and accessible for all modes of transportation whether it be cars, bikes or pedestrians.As I have been canvassing far too many residence have been directly affected by either fatalities or injuries to cyclists or pedestrians. These deaths were unnecessary and preventable. Cyclists would also like to see bike lanes down our main roadway arteries - Main and King Streets.I haven't specifically targeted the issue of cycling in my platform. If elected I would work towards implementing safer bike lanes that are more clearly indicated for drivers and also have barriers between the cyclists and the motorists.None at this time. No
Linda Narducci45555The use of cycling has increased beyond leisure use. More people are using cycling to complete errands and as a means of commuting. Protected bikes lanes address the number one problem in cycling.....safety.They want to cycle more but want to feel safe on the roads.Cycling is part of my platform in safe streets. I would work to implement increase of red light cameras, bump outs, speed humps as well as the speed limits.No
Harrison White53454Protected bike lanes is a difficult subject to broach. While to those who cycle frequently, the added safety would be a much needed sigh of relief, to those who don't it appears like a waste of money. Vision Zero in Toronto just recently got a multi-million dollar funding increase due to criticism that the plan has not been effective in reducing traffic-related deaths. I think this is a good thing that should be continued in Hamilton. I believe that protected bike lanes should be implemented in high-speed sections of the city and follow the example of the lanes on the King St. Bridge, but we need to carefully consider the implementation's impact on road users, pedestrians and businesses before they're proceeding. I have heard mixed reviews towards cycling. For the most part people enjoy cycling, it just depends on the reason. Most people I spoke with did not cycle to and from work, or utilize it as their primary means of transport. However, I would love to hear from members of your group on the importance Ward 1's cycling routes hold to them or their experience with cycling. I cannot deny the benefits to improving the cycling infrastructure in cities, and neither do most constituents. Many are frustrated with cyclists ignoring the rules of the road, yet hearing demands that they want to be treated as vehicles. I believe, based on the input from the community and my own experience, that we can balance between cyclist needs and road users. In the long term I would like to implement a striker policy on ticketing cyclists for breaking Hamilton By-laws. The funding raised through that would not only contribute to cycling infrastructure in Hamilton, such as protected bike lanes, but improve the above public image I heard regarding cyclists in Ward 1.Yes some aspects of cycling are in my platform. One major improvement that I believe could be implemented extremely quickly once the election is done, is providing more bike racks in Ward 1, especially closer to public transit pick up points. This is something that has been brought up by multiple residents in Ward 1, and is not something of significant cost or concern. I also support the cities B.L.A.S.T. network, which I believe if combined with proper infrastructure improvements, would increase cycling numbers in Hamilton as public transit improvements have in other cities. What would your ideal councillor look like?
Do you believe that cycling improvements is the best way for Hamilton to spend their budget?
Are you willing to compromise with council on cycling matters?
Maureen Wilson55555Yes. Continuous, connected and protected bike lanes are safer for more riders while also offering consistency in form for vehicular drivers and cyclists. They are also more democratic. At present, our cycling options are darwinian.Most residents I have spoken with favour a shared approach to road use and design. They are frustrated with bike lanes that go to nowhere and they are also seeking protected bike lanes. Many people believe that our bike lanes have been designed to fail. Drivers complain that they never see people on the bike lanes while residents who wish to cycle choose not to because the city is not safe for cycling. As a consequence, neither side is able to find common ground. Our design often causes each side to complain about the other because our design enables this.My platform consists of 5 pillars, including "Safe Shared Streets". I call for protected, continuous bike lanes. Additionally, my candidacy calls for our public transit system to be better integrated with bicycles. I believe that council needs to govern and budget according to the city's vision to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully. Safe, protected and continuous bike lanes would service children and older adults and in so doing, cycling conditions would improve for every resident.I am interested in the gender profile of bike riders, where they live, why they cycle and their ages. I am also interested in a comparative analysis of costs for the life cycle of bike lanes and vehicular lanes. I am also curious about what factors prompt a resident to ride, and those that cause a rider to stop cycling in the city. No
Ward 2
Diane Chiarelli43545Yes, it's obviously important to ensure safer streets for all residents. In Ward 2 safety concerns are always prevalent. I also hear from some individuals that bike lanes need to be better located, as most are not used enough or efficiently. Access and barriers for them are also a concern. Yes! Safety and accessibility are very important issues for me when it comes to cycling. With such a younger, environmentally friendly, and cost sensible community we need to provide quality and strategic development for bike lanes for the safety of all cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians. More bike routes, integrated with our current and future transportation network in mind. Specific local communities interests brought to the table when considering how implementation will impact each area post development and in progress. More access to local bikes like Sobi, and bike spaces for "parking" or locking bikes up. Future transportation like the LRT & HSR in having more accessible options for cyclists going longer distances. More community awareness about bike lanes and the need for them. No
Suresh Daljeet43455Yes. We need to improve on our bike friendly plan. I think it needs to be reviewed and planned carefully. There needs to be public input as to where the bike lanes are needed most.We need more bike lanes and a better safety plan for bikers.No but it is something I plan on working to improve.NoneNo
Jason Farr55545Indeed it is. I know from bring many km's of protected lanes to ward 2 in my time that the safer the infrastructure, the more use. The more use, the healthier our community is. Also makes great sense from an ec-dev investment perspective. We should also remember a protected bike lane is also a safe and protected sidewalk.Most are very supportive. Some still trying to get used to our Citizen lead Herkimer/Charlton parking protected lanes, but each year, more and more residents seem pleased. Our next mostly protected cycle installation route (weeks away) on John North was strongly desired by residents adjacent to the street as well as those from the schools and Health Centre.More protected infrastructure added to the many kilometres of new lanes in ward 2 that we have added over the last two terms.None - I always appreciate/learn from and enjoy the interactions with CH. I especially liked the last AGM. I know you will keep it up.No
Cameron Kroetsch55555Yes, and I think it’s important to many Hamiltonians. Protected bike lane infrastructure is the only safe way to protect everyone who uses Hamilton’s bike lanes. This protection will move us closer to a culture that better respects all road users, creates fewer opportunities for collisions, and increases the use of bike lanes. If I’m elected I’ll introduce motions in support of protected bike lanes.Residents have a lot to say about bike lanes. Many say they enjoy cycling, but most of the comments I hear about cycling seem to be focused on cycling infrastructure and safety. I’ve canvassed a lot in areas adjacent to bike lanes and the major thing I hear is confusion. Residents don’t understand why bike lanes are different around the city, why they’re disconnected in places, how signage works, and why some lanes have protection while others don’t. They also say that the reason they don’t use them more often is because they don’t feel safe. We need to ensure that all road users feel welcome to cycle on our streets and that they understand how to safely use our bike lanes.Cycling is a big part of who I am and is definitely part of my platform. I cycle every day, year round, and have for years. I understand what it’s like to cycle in Hamilton from first-hand experience. The top priority for me is connecting the existing bike lane system and improving the overall plan we have for introducing new bike lanes. I know that work is being done on a “superhighway” model already and if elected I would happily work with Cycle Hamilton on this.

We’re currently doing things in a way that’s confusing and unsafe. We need to do more to educate the public about safe cycling in Hamilton and to make cycling safer for all road users. I’d introduce a motion to support a cross-city safety education initiative as part of a campaign to immediately implement Vision Zero in Hamilton.

Another priority of mine is to introduce mandatory protection for all bike lanes - if people don’t feel safe using bike lanes, they won’t use them. We also need to connect existing bike lanes (like the Hunter Street bike lane) so that cyclists don’t have to weave in and out of busy traffic in the downtown core. No one should ever have to take their lives in their hands just to get where they’re going.
I know that Cycle Hamilton is actively collecting important data as part of the Friendly Streets program and other initiatives. How will you make that data open to all residents?

If I’m elected, how can I best support Cycle Hamilton’s mission, strategic plan, and project outcomes?

What can I do to support and promote a culture of safe cycling in Hamilton?
Nicole Smith55555Yes, because unprotected bike lanes don't inspire confidence so are poorly used. Protected bike lanes are safe and can be used freely by cyclists of all ages and confidence levels (especially children and seniors). Mixed - some get it, others follow the cars above all narrative. Yes, and specifically my goal is the Cycling Superhighways East West and North South, and gradually extending them and building more and more accesses to them throughout the city. None, as you communicate clearly. Yes
Mark Tennant55555With the implementation of Vision Zero, I would agree to increase if all necessary studies are done that benefit the city overall and impacts cyclist and drivers safety. Positive remarks. Some drivers have concerns; some were not prepared for the change and had encounters with cyclists. Vision zero would correct this moving forward.I support improving our current HSR system, not the LRT. With this in mind, I welcome and will support cycling in my platform. It would be a compliment to the HSR system and city. Safety and more community awareness would be implemented. Fitness is a way of life for me. Partnerships with fitness and go green (environmental) project as well. No questions at this time. No
Ward 3
Alain Bureau55545Yes, very much so. Speaks to intermodal and active transportation, well being and health positive outcomes. We must create a safe and healthy built environment that offers choices for all ages from 8-80Concerns relate mostly to safe and friendly streets that speaks directly and indirectly to people cycling in our neighbourhoods. Speeds and accident rates are a concern for most in our drive-thru downtown ward.There are various initiates and proposals in my platform that speak to safe and friendly streets that will need to be presented to our community for support. One of said initiatives is to assure that the Cannon Street Cycle Track becomes a permanent and protected infrastructure from which to build on. And for It’s integration into the new High School build in the Stadium district: this includes an extension of the Cycle Track directly leading to the school and a secure bike storage facility at the school. With the closure of both Delta and Sir John A. High Schools we have an opportunity to promote a safe and healthy environment for students to use bikes as their means of transportation as well as contribute to both their physical and mental health well-being. I will also further support funding for our city’s bike share program SoBi Bicycles. As an active member of Cycle Hamilton, I have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns and issues on a monthly basis when attending CH meetings. Thank you for askingYes
Laura Farr55555Yes, because when we make lanes safer, more people are able to use them. That they want more protected lanes and more connectivity. It is. The specific improvements are around making streets safer for all users, conducting traffic audits and making changes that make sense.What other tangibles or updates are you seeking to lobby for?Yes
Nrinder Nann55555Liveable cities are transit and pedestrian-friendly cities. As the number of residents increases, we must prioritize modes of transportation that are both environmentally-friendly and safe. Protected bike lanes are a key part to making that happen, so that everyone feels safe to explore and commute in and around the city.Residents have been sharing with me their concerns around street safety and the need for well marked bike lanes, signs, and more education around safe biking practices. Many people do not feel safe letting their children ride their bikes on residential streets.Safety is a key priority in my platform. I see permanent and safe cycling infrastructure as a key solution to improving resident’s ability to commute safely around the city in an environmentally-sound manner. The Cannon bike lanes run through Ward 3 and have been an important route that connects our neighbourhoods. I will support continued improvement of the Cannon bike lanes and the implementation of new bike lanes that have resident participation in the planning process.How do you see Ward 3 playing a role in supporting Cycle Hamilton’s vision? What is the data and research that show us the latest trends in cycling? How can we use the research to build sound, sustainable, and safe cycling infrastructure? I would be open to hearing from you.Yes
Dan Smith55555Because a main reason people don’t bike is that they feel unsafe.They are generally for it but are concerned when bike lanes remove parking spots.Traffic calming is in my platform. Cyclists feel safer when traffic is not so fast.None at the monentNo
Ward 4
Sam Merulla5355Yes, due to increasing cycling and mitigating congestion and wear and tear on road infrastructure.IndifferenceContinued implementation of complete streets and lower speed limitsNo
Ward 5
Stewart Klazinga55555Paint is not infrastructure. Hamilton needs to commit to protected bike lanes as soon as possible. Protected lanes are important because if people don't feel safe using a bike lane then they are less likely to use it. This could result in cyclists using a regular lane, a sidewalk, or avoiding cycling all together. Protected bike lanes are safer, so many will feel safer using them than non-protected lanes. Protected lanes mean more cyclists, more cyclists means fewer people using other transportation (including private vehicles and transit), which means less traffic for everyone. Add to that the reduction in injuries due to protected lanes being safer and the answer is quite obvious.Ward 5 has two bike lanes as far as I know. One on a section of King, the other on Barton. Most people talk about how the roads are too dangerous to bike on, or how they avoid cycling on certain days/times of day due to safety concerns. Another issue many cyclists have is the lack of adequate/secure bicycle parking/lockups. Both at commercial/retail locations and even at home in apartment buildings and townhouse complexes. "People have a place to park their car under video surveillance, why not my bike?"Yes. I include cycling, and vision zero, under friendly streets which is an issue I am quite passionate about. Ward 5 needs updates to its horribly outdated cycling infrastructure. The existing lanes are sporadic, and connect very few people to very few destinations. There isn't even a bike lane that runs NS, only EW. We need to look at which roads are best suited to having a bike lane added, where bike lanes will do the most good, and upgrade existing bike lanes so they are protected and more useful. Without having any of that input from the public or experts, here's a bike lane layout I *think* would be a good place to start. (Again, this is just my personal, layperson opinion, of course any decisions would go through public and expert vetting.) If there were protected bike lanes on Barton St, King St, Quigley Rd, Nash Rd, Greenhill Ave, & Lake Ave I think the ward would be fairly well covered. Painted bike routes could be added to Kently Dr & Kenora Ave to connect to Eastgate Square, which is the largest shopping complex in the ward.

I'd also encourage local businesses and commercial property owners, as well as Multi-Unit-Dwelling landlords to install good, secure, convenient bike racks.
Any suggestions on where to get a recumbent cargo bicycle. I'm interested in getting one. No
Juanita Maldonado55555Yes. In Ward Five particularly, the addition of a corridor for pedestrian/cycling traffic to the newly constructed Go Station is essential. Creation of family-friendly corridors from Riverdale to the Beach Strip would promote an active lifestyle as well. Residents have stated that they just don't do it because of the dangers and that drivers are becoming less tolerant to cyclists.Cycling was my main form of transportation until 2 years ago when I learned how to drive. Though cycling is not in my platform, I did participate in the Bike to Work Day activities and fully support the campaign to build awareness around safe cycling and eliminating accidents and fatalities involving cyclists. No questions, just a comment. Missed opportunity on such a cycle friendly landscape. I am disappointed that more of Ward 5 is not cycle friendly. I would work toward a dedicated pedestrian/bike lane from downtown Stoney Creek to downtown Hamilton. Leave your car at home and bike to work/play/the market, etc. Thanks for all you do. No
Ward 6
Tom Jackson33333Dear Kate/Mark....It's interesting that the City has BOTH "sharrows" and "dedicated" lanes. I believe that in the past the Cycling Community has supported implementing BOTH. IF "Protected" bike lanes is Cycle Hamilton's ultimate desire, I would humbly suggest you may wish to clarify and state that objective unequivocally. Bay and Cannon are classic cases of "protected" BUT we have "shadows" and "dedicated" in many other parts of the City.I believe the majority primarily want upgraded and improved "basic" infrastructure, focusing on roads, sidewalks, water mains, sewers AND "Recreational" bike lanes. I am not convinced that the demand for "commuter" lanes is that strong at all from within my constituency. I have been a consistent advocate for building more "recreational" trails (I trust you have ridden or at least observed the newly reconstructed Mountain Brow Blvd., which I am very proud of and constantly hearing kudos for, which blends a very wide "social/recreational multi-use trail" along the Escarpment's edge for hundreds of families to enjoy!! I had a 25 member volunteer Citizens Committee working with City staff and my office to construct this glorious amenity). I have for my entire time on City Council pushed for the extremely popular and well used "social/recreational" trails along our Waterfront, both on the Beach Strip and West Harbour. City-Wide, I have supported (with some reservation at first) the "Cannon Protected" bike lanes and the "Bay Street Protected" bike lanes too. However, I cannot tell you the number of times that I have heard from both my constituents and people outside my ward, describing their consternation and comments regarding the puzzling bike lanes through redesign that occurred on Herkimer and Charlton Avenues. I also hear from residents (and businesses) from time to time that installing cycling lanes can also lead to a loss of parking for customers and Small Business owners, which can lead to a potential loss of business. I am NOT suggesting that cyclists are not spenders or are not supporters of Small Business. However, being on the Concession Street BIA Board the last few years when the $10m. reconstruction was completed about 4 years ago now, if my memory serves me correctly, the majority of businesses did not want cycling lanes along Concession for fear of lost parking spaces for customers. Just sharing. YES, but in the category of continued advancement of new and existing "recreational" trails. There are limited Capital dollars in the City budget. I have always attempted to earmark the "Lion's Share", where I feel (in consultation with my constituents consistently) the "biggest value for the dollars spent" can go and be most used. Dear Kate/Mark....It is truly very noble what Cycle Hamilton is attempting to do in terms of "connecting" our City from one end to the other with more and more "commuter" lanes. Strictly in my layman's mind, I am not convinced that the need or demand is there overall across the entire City. Additionally, we have the unique geography in our City of several Escarpment Passes that, in of itself can be an impediment, let alone to anyone attempting to cycle these passes during the Winter and in inclement weather to boot. The "Vision Zero" Policy that City Council (Including myself) endorsed in theory, during this term of Council, offered a guide going forward to a day of zero deaths on our roadways. HOW we get to that ultimate goal is the challenge, for some of the reasons that I have stated previously. Ironically, the FIRST SOBI location on the Mountain was in MY Ward at the location of Mountain Park Avenue at Concession. I supported and actually worked closely with City staffers Peter Topalovic and Daryl Bender to promote THIS "commuter" location. Guess what happened?? After 2 years or so, it was removed. I thought it was a perfect location for beginning a "Mountain" continuum of SOBI locations. Lastly, the Stone Church "dedicated" bike lanes, which run from Upper Stoney Creek to The Meadowlands in Ancaster and, according to my constituents who live along Stone Church, say it is so infrequently used by so few cyclists, yet is a contiguous "dedicated" cycling infrastructure that has been in place for many years. Two final notes...(1) During the time of former HSR Director Don Hull's leadership, I supported the "bike racks" on our buses...and (2) As a first Escarpment Pass Bike Lanes Project, I am in support of building the "Keddy Dedicated Bike Lanes" on the Claremont Access. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your survey. I am always open to meet with members of Cycle Hamilton at any time, including if I am fortunate enough to be re-elected this October 22. Tom.... No
Timothy Taylor44554It is, but with consultation from the public about where these lanes actually need to be, which ones need traffic barriers, etc.It is dangerous. Because you are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk, and there isn't room on most major arteries in Ward 6, you're forced to choose between safety and a possible ticket.Not specifically. I am hoping to implement a participatory voting and budgeting system. If effective, this would allow the community to endorse the idea that cycling is important in our neighbourhood, and thus let me know where to allocate money. I am all for safer cycling, but I would have no idea how to implement that at this time because my cycling trips are usually limited to current trails (ie: The Rail Trail, The Escarpment Trails, etc.) Access to nature, reopening Albion and the Kings Forest Ski Hill grounds are part of my platform. This access to nature could expand to include cycling, but at this time I am not specifically addressing it.How safe is it on the east mountain? If you have to go from, say, Upper Kenilworth and Mountain Brow Blvd, to McQueston Park, do you feel there is a safe option? Is there a safe option at rush hour? Is there a safe option for a 15 year old, or is safety limited to experience in our areas?No
Brad Young35535Let usage dictate necessity. Where cyclists are enduring close encounters with motorists we will have to evaluate the geography & demographics. Should a protected bike lane be the best solution then I am all for that. In Ward 6 we have the rail trail & brow multi use paths which residents make consistent use of. They are looking forward to the Escarpment path expansion. What’s important to the constituents is what is important to me. During my door knocking I will be sure to inquire with individuals to provide the most accurate implentations in line with the community expectation.Some people don’t have data or apps to access sobi (sp?) bikes, including myself.
I’ve been missing out, admittedly and was at first excited with the prospect of renting a bike & touring this beautiful city.
Ward 7
Steve Clarke54555Yes, I believe our current designs do not offer the cyclist the comfort and protection that is required to promote more residents to utilize our bike lanes.Residents are concerned about the implementation of new lanes that impede traffic flow on main collector roads and force vehicles onto residential side streets. Residents want the side streets to be safe for cyclists of all ages. For those in favour of bike lanes on main roads, they want them wider and if possible separated from vehicle traffic with sometime of barrier.I believe roads should be designed with the bike lane elevated beside the sidewalk and the grass medium on most new roads could be eliminated. This would not impede the flow of vehicular traffic. Vancouver has done this on most of their roads and it has been very effective.As most residents consider cycling as a summer mode of transportation, how do you as an organization plan on promoting the benefits of cycling all year and also how do you educate the public on the intricacies of riding in inclement weather?No
Kristopher Clowater 54555Yes. I feel the bike lines how remove many of the cyclist in the city out of vehicle traffics way. Keep both safer, it also gives safe for a heathy activity in a very congested city.From what I've been able to gather, Ward 7 isn't that bad for cycling on side streets. But for the main roads like Fennell, Mohawk, Upper Sherman, Upper Gage, Upper Wentworth, and Upper Wellington -this ward is severely lacking. Yes.

Promoting it in the school system will help the city's youth get involved. Doing so at a younger age with promote heathy living for them. As they grow older, there will be more support for cycling in the city. It also puts positive pressure on the students' parents to advocate for better cycling services in Hamilton.
What is the biggest road block in Hamilton for the cycling community?No
Adam Dirani34434yes. public safety is always number oneto be honest I hear more about the poor state of our roads. which speaks to public safety including our cyclistImproving infrastructure is my top priority for me.No
Karen Grice-Uggenti44445Yes, to allow more robust modes of transportation (which includes more and faster busing) and move away from automobile-centric plans, which will benefit many citizens and the environmentResidents I have been speaking with, have not discussed cycling as their focus to-date.Specific improvements for cyclists would include more trails, and a review of the current bike lanes across the mountain and where they can safely be implementedHow many members are part of Cycle Hamilton? Also, what initiatives has Cycle Hamilton taken to encourage seniors to cycle more?No
Joseph kazubek54555Yes, it is very important as the cost of living in making it so more people are required to find affordable transportation which includes bikes. Drivers in the past have owned the roads, and I believe we need to ensure safety for everyone on the road.We need more safe storage racks, theft and vandalism really detour people from investing in good bikes. It’s not in my platform, as I believed the bigger issues are poverty reduction and affordable housing, but, poverty reduction and safe streets and bike lanes do go hand and hand, so improvements to cycling would be something that I would be fighting for if elected.How could I include you more into my platform, other then more bike lanes, what other challenges are cyclist facing? No
Dan MacIntyre55555Yes. Our cyclists are at risk the majority of the time in Hamilton and this isn't acceptable. We need more bike lanes. Cycling isn't a safe option on Hamilton Mountain.Cycling falls within the Transportation Enhancement plank of our platform. Enhancing the limited bike lane network on Hamilton Mountain along with protection for these lanes.Can we work together to host a cycle crawl on Hamilton Mountain monthly?
Geraldine McMullen55555Yes, it is essential to increase the number of protected bike lanes. Keep people safe and support the premise of "Vision Zero", where no loss of life is acceptable. Some residents say improvements to cycling infrastructure is slow on the mountain while others don't think we have enough cyclists on the mountain roads to justify protected bike lanes. Many drivers I have spoken with feel that cyclists have no place on the streets, while others have said, the expansion of the Mountain Climber pilot is a welcome initiative although still a little limited. Cycling goes from ward to ward, so other things, I've heard, is that better access between Old Mud over the Red Hill Parkway is needed, ever since Old Mud closed. I support a bike-friendly community and complete streets and would be interested in hearing more about the improvements beyond what has presented in this questionnaire that the community feels necessary to achieve. I am aware of incidents where riders are struck by vehicles and feel unsafe. Drivers need education about being more aware and learning to share the way. I would be interested in more details about how far the City has fallen behind in their commitment to implementing the Cycling Master Plan, specifically about the allocation of funds to catch-up. I recently joined as a 'buddy' member to receive your newsletter, and I would welcome the opportunity to meet with the group to hear more.Yes
Esther Pauls 44555We have had to many people loose their lives because of collisions between cyclist and motorists particular on the mountain Where safety is a issue there should absolutely protected bike lanes Personally as a resident I love them I will be asking as I canvass the area Making sure the roads are kept up to standard Love to know what is the city budget for the future of bike lanes No
Roland Schneider44435Main streets should have bike lanes. I think increasing driver awareness is most important. i have encountered various opinions but primarily, to educate the public about the sharing of the roads as opposed to dedicated bike lanes in ward 7.Cycling is not in my platform but is a concern to many. i do ride myself and aggressive driving and/or speeding are the biggest factors for safety. Proactive enforcement while educating the public to share the roads is required. Lines drawn on a road will not protect you! Parents used to tell their children to stay off the roads, ride on the sidewalk. Would you agree to study the idea to widen the sidewalks to accommodate both pedestrians and bicycles when possible? Senior use their scooters on sidewalks. It seems a safer choice to not rely on a driver right beside you on the street.No
Ward 8
John-Paul Danko55555Protected bike lanes drastically improve safety and encourage cycling by people who are uncomfortable riding in mixed traffic (most recreational cyclists).Mixed - generally in favour within neighbourhoods, push back for dedicated bike lanes on main roads. There is a disconnect between wanting less speeding and safer bike routes and sidewalks and a desire for free flowing traffic.Indirectly. I include cycling as part of my family friendly platform. There is still an inherent resistance to change and cycling is part of that - also an interpretation that "cycling" = riding to work every day on a bike. I like to focus more on everyday cycling - ie. kids riding their bikes to their friend's house or school, or people making short neighbourhood trips - to the corner store, coffee shop, restaurant etc. First step in Ward 8 is to make sure that obvious neighbourhood cycling routes have real continuous bike lanes - then work on connections to key destinations like Mohawk College (currently zero bike lanes) and the new Jay Keddy trail. I'd love to see a big increase in short everyday cycling within the ward.Do you have preferred roadway cross sections for Hamilton's typical roadway allowance? For example - an arterial like Fennell, in interneighbourhood collector like Queensdale or Brucedale etc?No
Steve Ruddick54555It is important.. for the protection of both riders and driversThey want to have the city continue with safe recreational pathsCycling is one the planks in my tiered approach to transportation. Improvements would include protected lanes for cyclists with data driven corridorsMost of my door to door work is listening to what the residents want... so what does your data tell you about cycling on the mountain and what can be done to make it more accessible and safer.No
Anthony Simpson43433Although it would be nice to see more bike lanes I do not believe it is a major election issue. It is not one of the top ward issues. No it is not part of my platform. No
Colleen Wicken44444This would depend on how the lanes are implimented. The Ward 8 office received many complaints regarding Bay, Cannon Charlton and Herkimer design and the volume of cycles present on these lanes,It is necessary however Cyclists need to obey the rules of the road as do vehicular drivers. No running red no illegal turns no riding off the cycling lanes between moving vehicles.Yes Better transportation and making our roadways safer both of these items would pertain as well to cycling.Is there any plan in the works to license bicycles and is there any plan to better educate the youth on the rules of the road to keep our youngsters safe?No
Ward 9
Brad Clark33555I agree that protected bike lanes on arterial roads, where feasible, prevents automobile/bike collisions thereby encouraging cycling.It has been my experience that residents are divided on the establishment of protected bike lanes, however they do support designated bike lanes and trails.During my two terms, we designated cycling lanes on many of our main streets. If elected I would continue to support designated bike lanes in the ward with connectivity to the local trail network.No questions. I appreciate being included in your survey.No
David Ford43535I do believe bike lanes are a benefit and that we should add lanes for strategically appropriate roads. This should be done only as part of a careful plan and not for every road. Ward 9 is generally supportive of bike lanes, but it does not appear to be an important issue for the Ward. Transit is a far greater concern here.Cycling issues do not form part of my platform.NoneNo
Lakhwinder Singh Multani55455Yes for the safety of cyclists.50-50needs to be improve protected bike lane .good luck.No
Ward 10
Jeff Beattie54535Yes. I believe that Cannon Street Cycle Track has shown that this kind of infrastructure is needed, and will be well-used.In Ward 10, residents are concerned about the lack of 'connectivity' between cycle routes, and lack of dedicated cycle routes. They are also concerned about the condition of roads in the community and how it affects cyclist safety.Pedestrian and Cycling infrastructure in Stoney Creek and Winona is lagging behind other parts of the City. Investing in building and rebuilding that infrastructure, and ensuring that it connects to larger networks of cycling trails, etc. is essential! In my role as School Board Trustee for Stoney Creek for the past 4 years, I've been working hard to increase the number of children walking and cycling - and now I want to bring that same focus to the rest of the community!
Maria Pearson5444yesnot a lotWould like to get Sobi into Stoney CreekNo
Ward 11
Brenda Johnson55555Safe bike lanes are very important and I'm always working with the community to make sure that we incorporate bike lanes that meet the needs of both cyclists and vehicles for a balanced neighbourhood. They want a safe area to cycleYes and I am currently actively working with City Staff to incorporate our urban neighbourhoods with areas they choose to commute. Mr. Bender is very accommodating when ever questions arise. No
Waleed Shewayhat44435Yes to reduce our traffic congestionThey want more bike lanesBike lane needs to be added to Rymal Road from Ancaster (HWY 2 intersection) to Upper Centennial.No
Ward 12
Mike Bell55255Mike Bell believes that protected bike lanes need to be strategically located. Protected lanes provide more distance between a motorist and cyclist, making the cyclist "feel" safer. On the other hand, more separation distance will result in many motorists exercising less care when overtaking cyclists. Mike Bell hears from many residents in ward 12 that cycling is a growing activity and that there is room for improvement in cycling infrastructure. Cycling is in Mike Bell's platform and he will advocate for infrastructure that links up with trails and green space, and schools.
Mike Bell would like to know more about the Hamilton Strategic Road Safety Committee and Hamilton Cycling Committee. Bell would also like to know if Cycle Hamilton has any suggestions for improving the SoBi program in Hamilton. No
Lloyd Ferguson43334On a full reconstruction where the bike lane can be constructed like Wilson Street in Ancaster then yes.They love the rail trail through the village.No
Kevin Marley55555Yes, we have a good start but we need to have more bike lanes to keep cyclists safe and allow for our citizens to be able to get around without the use of an automobile.Cyclists are worried about getting in accidents at major intersections. As well as not having dedicated bike lanes throughout the city. Increase the amount of bike lanes and investigate alternative traffic light timings as well as roundabouts to make intersections safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Implement bike lanes to be in accordance with Zero Vision's guidelines.Would Cycle Hamilton support projects that seeks to provide recycled bicycles to low income students and individuals? No
Miranda Reis54545Yes for safety reasonsNot enough bike lanesIncorporate more bikes lanes in Transportation Master StudyHow many cyclists accidents are there in Hamilton per year?No
John Scime55555I agree with a quantity increase of protected bike lanes with the continuation of research for quality protected bike lanes.The current bike lanes in Ancaster start and end abruptly leaving the cyclist/driver to share the road in intervals. The rider is at vulnerable based on the driver's awareness of the road rules.Cycling would be addressed in my Neighbourhood Design objective. The goal is to have a sound understanding over the next 6 months how the Cycling Master Plan will impact the Ancaster neighbourhoods. Bike lanes have a positive impact on traffic calming and safe streets objectives. Inversely, the amount of high-end bikes being stolen has raised a considerable amount of concern among residents.Can Cycle Hamilton support our neighbourhood association with professional feedback as we discuss the Cycling Master Plan with the city? We may not have the expertise within the group, but there may be a resident(s) that could assist. Thank you. Yes
Ward 13
Gaspare Bonomo54455Yes. It is important to have a continuous system of protected bike lanes in order to maximize their use.Cycling is important yo Dundas and Flamborough.Pedestrian and cyclists safety is one of my priorities.What is needed in order to enhance cycling use in the Hamilton region.No
Rich Gelder 55555Yes, the research suggests that not only is it that protected cycling infrastructure leads to more people choosing bikes over cars (particularly women), but that a sound majority of people, drivers included, support protected bike lanes.Sadly, there lingers a perception (which I counter at every opportunity), that the cycling community consists of renegade scofflaws who flaunt the rules of the road. Not true!Front and centre.How have city staff and council responded to calls for PROTECTED cycling infrastructure? What is necessary in terms of road design so as to implement things like concrete barriers and curbs?Yes
Kevin Gray 55555Definitely very important. It encourages people both local and visitors to use bike lanes while being safe. A great example in my neighborhood is Sydenham Rd up bound to the peak.There are very few bike lanes and we should increase them. Ward 13. It is part of my platform to increase dedicated bike lanes in Ward 13. Currently there are very few.Would your group support me locally to improve biking in my ward? No
Arlene VanderBeek55555Yes - riders' safety and sense of safety is the goal. In addition, separations reduce the risk of collision with motor vehicles, which benefits all.I hear all sides: some want cycling infrastructure or marked routes/connections, some definitely do not. Many want cyclists to more closely observe and follow the rules of the road (stop signs, single file, reflective clothing, etc.).Yes, I have been working with the cycling community to review the Dundas Cycling Plan so that it remains a current part of the TMP and have begun the installation of cycling infrastructure on Governor's Road, near the three schools, which begins to implement that plan. This project will be followed by routing signs, new connections, paving of shoulders, and additional cycling lanes, where appropriate throughout Ward 13, during the next term of office. I don't have any specific questions at this time.

BTW: I am not a member of Cycle Hamilton. Membership could impact my ability to effectively represent the interests of the organization at Committee and Council where I might have to declare a Conflict of Interest and refrain from the discussion and voting on matters of importance.
Ward 14
Roslyn French-Sanges55555Not only just bike lanes, I feel pedestrians also need to have safe walkways especially with young children (my son is an avid cyclist)I hear lots of concerns regarding safety for walkers and cyclistsOverall community safety is definately a priority I would like to know how we can all work together to ensure your members are safe and their concerns are addressedNo
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