Council hopefuls say they'll get rid of the downtown bus lane
Ungh. Campaign season being silly season, indeed.
Firstly, the bus lane didn't get off to a good start because there was nothing in terms of community preparedness. Council approved it, and it was up the next day, and all the drivers wondering 'WTF is this?' and having to figure it out on the fly. Of course it was a disaster.
Secondly, these empty businesses that are on that stretch -- they were there before the bus lane. It might have something to do with cars barreling past at 60 clicks and the street being a pedestrian danger zone, that no-one ever goes there. Slowing traffic down is actually good for business. People can see the stores. People can walk the street without fearing for their safety.
Thirdly, this bus lane was seen as a test run for the LRT line. Arguing to go BACK to cars, and AGAINST the LRT? Who the fuck lives in Ward 2 and is against LRT? No-one benefits more than Ward 2, arguably. Suburbanites being against it, I can sorta see, but people in the dense, urban core? What's that about? And arguing that LRT will be outmoded by that time anyway, so let's not even try, let's stick with our 1950s model?
Fourthly, really? Going back to all-car lanes? Because Hamilton's traffic was working out so well before? If you're in a car, yes. Anyone else, fuck you. CARS MUST HAVE ALL THE LANES EVERYWHERE. Jesus. The crying about this one bus lane and the one bike lane on Cannon -- no accommodation of other traffic forms anywhere, ever.
Slower traffic is desirable. Segregated traffic is desirable. Bus and bike lanes actually benefit drivers -- fewer cars on the road, and everyone with their designated spot.
But no -- Hamilton's streets have to be highways.
Arguably, Hamilton's 50s model was superior to the present one, given the electrified bus lines we no longer have. But whatever.