Beach Blvd resurfacing (full length) - bicycle lanes

scotto

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The following bike lane request was sent to Councillor Collins and passed on to us, if you have any feedback, please post it here or email me at hbcf@cogeco.ca
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Councillor,

The above noted project is tentatively proposed as part of the 2020 Capital Budget Roads Program. City staff are working on a design for the resurfacing of Beach Blvd (full length). The Cycling Master Plan recommends bicycle lanes on this street. The plan to create bicycle lanes is to advance what is possible when the street is resurfaced, thus City staff are currently investigating opportunities. You may recall we discussed options at a meeting a few months ago; and staff’s goal is to encourage the faster cyclists to use Beach Blvd, and only permit slower/ relaxed cyclists to use the adjacent Beach Strip Breezeway multi-use trail.

Bicycle lanes on Beach Blvd would not remove existing auto capacity, and we plan to preserve on-street parking on Beach Blvd. Existing on-street parking is on the lake-side of the street (the other side of the street is currently posted “no parking anytime”). We therefore propose to only add a bicycle lane in one direction (southbound, towards Niagara) at this time because of roadway width constraints, and the space for this bicycle lane can be created by narrowing the “unused” asphalt between the two yellow centrelines (note the red ‘X’ in the image below). The following image helps to describe the concept:
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With the extra encouragement for on-street cycling in the southbound direction; we envision that faster, more skilled cyclists will opt to use this street in both directions, even without a bicycle lane in the northbound direction. We have observed on-street parking usage along the street, and there are significant segments of low-usage of on-street parking along the lake-side of the street, where parking is permitted (thus space for cyclists). Once we have a preliminary design, we would ask to review it with you, including considerations for the parking issue you had flagged previously at the north end of the street by Jimmy Lomax Park.

We require your approval for this consideration of possible cycling infrastructure. A response via email is sufficient; but if you wish, we are available to discuss. The design stage of the project will make a final determination if the cycling component can be achieved. To meet deadlines for Capital Budget processing, we require your response in the next week or two.
 

scotto

Administrator
Staff member
Feb 15, 2004
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The Beach Strip
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Update from the City

The City of Hamilton would like to inform you that your street has been
identified for road resurfacing in the upcoming months. One of the
reasons for letting you know of this upcoming work is to provide you
with an opportunity to coordinate any work that would require a road
cut prior to the planned repaving. Voluntary works initiated by
residents, such as repairs or upgrades to your property's water or
sewer lines require a road cut. Road cuts ruin the look of new
pavement, reduce the lifespan of new roads, and cause a bumpy ride
for drivers, transit riders, cyclists, etc.

We recognize that keeping our streets in good condition is a priority
for our residents and limiting the amount of avoidable road cuts to
newly paved roads is a way to do so.

Why would you want to repair or upgrade your water or sewer line?

  • Do you have a lead water line? Was your home built before 1955? Within this package
    is more information from Public Health about Lead Water Service Lines and the health
    implications of lead as well as Lead Pipe Service Replacement Program information page
    which includes information about a loan of up to $2500 for eligible homeowners.
  • Do you have ongoing poor water pressure? You could have an undersized water
    service. Do you want to upgrade your undersized water service line? In this package is the
    Poor Water Pressure Program information page for program specifics.
  • Do you have a slow draining sewer line? Have you had a sewer back-up and have
    not had your sewer investigated? For more information about your sewer lateral and the
    Sewer Lateral Management Program please see the information page within this package.
    Residential water and sewer upgrade construction works can take months to initiate, permit,
    execute and inspect. We are sending this information package to you now so that you have time
    to consider your needs, obtain quotes to assess costs and schedule work now. Both the
    homeowner portion and the City portion of work can take many months to complete.
    If you have any questions regarding your water or sewer line, the planned road construction or
    health concerns relating to lead please call 905-546-CITY (2489) and they will direct your call.
    Sincerely,
    City of Hamilton,
    Public Works & Public Health Services Departments

    cc: Ward 5 - Councillor Collins
 

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scotto

Administrator
Staff member
Feb 15, 2004
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The Beach Strip
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I was informed today that the road upgrade will begin this coming Monday, some of the medium at the south end of the boulevard will be removed and some of the bus inlays will also be removed and the curbs straighten. The work may last until October.
 
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