LETTER: Two-way street conversion obsession makes no sense

Opinion May 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The obsession of Hamilton City Council and interest groups about returning some of the major streets of Hamilton to a two-way system is puzzling.

There are a couple of problems with this scenario. First of all, some politicians practise weather-vane politics by facing the prevailing wind in order to present a nice face. They should turn their back on this type of lobbying.

Furthermore, the lobbyists of the two-way road system are not cognizant of the geographical constraints that the escarpment places upon traffic movement below it.

Imagine two-way traffic in the narrow confines of King Street between Wellington and Mary streets. It is a functional impossibility.

Perhaps the best way to find out if this harebrained idea will work is to try it on a temporary basis. Current example of course is the Sherman Access. It is very simple and efficient. In the morning rush it is one-way down and in the afternoon rush it is one-way up the rest of the times it is two-way traffic.

Now using the same method, what if Main and King Streets were controlled in a similar manner?

It would offer an interesting learning experiment at the fraction of the cost versus going all the way by total two-way conversion.

Dez Miklós

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Two-way street conversion obsession makes no sense

Opinion May 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The obsession of Hamilton City Council and interest groups about returning some of the major streets of Hamilton to a two-way system is puzzling.

There are a couple of problems with this scenario. First of all, some politicians practise weather-vane politics by facing the prevailing wind in order to present a nice face. They should turn their back on this type of lobbying.

Furthermore, the lobbyists of the two-way road system are not cognizant of the geographical constraints that the escarpment places upon traffic movement below it.

Imagine two-way traffic in the narrow confines of King Street between Wellington and Mary streets. It is a functional impossibility.

Perhaps the best way to find out if this harebrained idea will work is to try it on a temporary basis. Current example of course is the Sherman Access. It is very simple and efficient. In the morning rush it is one-way down and in the afternoon rush it is one-way up the rest of the times it is two-way traffic.

Now using the same method, what if Main and King Streets were controlled in a similar manner?

It would offer an interesting learning experiment at the fraction of the cost versus going all the way by total two-way conversion.

Dez Miklós

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Two-way street conversion obsession makes no sense

Opinion May 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The obsession of Hamilton City Council and interest groups about returning some of the major streets of Hamilton to a two-way system is puzzling.

There are a couple of problems with this scenario. First of all, some politicians practise weather-vane politics by facing the prevailing wind in order to present a nice face. They should turn their back on this type of lobbying.

Furthermore, the lobbyists of the two-way road system are not cognizant of the geographical constraints that the escarpment places upon traffic movement below it.

Imagine two-way traffic in the narrow confines of King Street between Wellington and Mary streets. It is a functional impossibility.

Perhaps the best way to find out if this harebrained idea will work is to try it on a temporary basis. Current example of course is the Sherman Access. It is very simple and efficient. In the morning rush it is one-way down and in the afternoon rush it is one-way up the rest of the times it is two-way traffic.

Now using the same method, what if Main and King Streets were controlled in a similar manner?

It would offer an interesting learning experiment at the fraction of the cost versus going all the way by total two-way conversion.

Dez Miklós

Hamilton Mountain