Council will debate a motion to have Public Works look at road safety best practices, including Vision Zero, to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities on Hamilton’s 6,399 kilometres of road.
Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green made the notice of motion at Tuesday, January 19, 2016 capital budget meeting following a staff update on bicycle infrastructure on the Claremont Access.
Following the December 2, 2015 death of cyclist Jay Keddy on the Claremont Access, Councillors asked staff to update on plans for cycling infrastructure on the route.
Instead of repeating content, I recommend reading Ryan McGreal’s piece entitled “Councillor Green to Introduce Vision Zero Motion” for more detail on Vision Zero.
The following is the text of Green’s notice of motion. You can view Green’s introduction by following this video link.
City of Hamilton
Notice of Motion
Moved by Councillor: Matthew Green
City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with other City divisions, as appropriate, to report to the Public Works committee in coordination with the Transportation Master Plan, with a comprehensive plan to improve road safety, including but not limited to:
a) A review of best practice from comparable jurisdictions, including Vision Zero;
b) A review of existing City policies, strategies and guidelines that touch on road safety;
c) An enhanced analysis of City-wide traffic collision data;
d) Specific recommendations to improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, over the short, medium and long terms;
e) An implementation plan and funding strategy, as appropriate;
f) A regular reporting mechanism to track progress;
g) Continued consultation with the Hamilton Cycling Committee, HWDSB, HWDCSB, Hamilton Board of Public Health, Hamilton Police Services, Cycle Hamilton, and ACPD advisory Committee;
h) The creation of a Road Safety Task force to be led by Transportation Services.
The motion will come forth to the Friday, January 22, 2016 General Issues Committee meeting.