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The Dundas Cycle Link fills the gap between Cootes Drive and Hatt Street

Dundas cyclists William Oates and Michelle Chin at Cootes Drive and Dundas Street – where the existing Cootes Drive multi-use track ends. A planned project will extend this road west along Cootes Drive and down Baldwin Street to connect with the Hatt Stre

A consultant is developing a preliminary design for on-street bike lanes and a separate multi-use lane connecting the Hatt Street bike lanes to the existing Cootes Drive multi-use lane, along Baldwin Street and Cootes Drive to Dundas Street .

City of Hamilton Active Transportation Project Manager Danny Pimentel said the consultant is working on five multi-use trail projects across the city. They hope that preliminary designs will be completed within two to four months so that some of the projects can be implemented this year.

Dundas resident and Hamilton Cycling Committee member William Oates said he rode Baldwin and Cootes regularly and the map showed a safe route for cyclists from Dundas Street, where the existing separate path along Cootes ends Drive.

“In Dundas and Cootes, you don’t know where to go,” Oates said. “You’re on the trail, suddenly you’re on the sidewalk.”

Road markings will direct cyclists onto Dundas Street where the new multi-use path will continue to Baldwin Street.

Michelle Chin, a Dundas resident and cyclist, said it’s difficult when a bike path suddenly stops and users have to become pedestrians until they find a route.

Cycling committee chairman Chris Ritsma called the Cootes and Dundas area “inconvenient”.

Ritsma said having a directed route to Hatt Street, where the bike lanes connect to Governor’s Road via Market Street and Creighton Road, will especially help out-of-town cyclists navigate Dundas. .

Oates said one issue to be resolved is the intersection of Baldwin and York, where the new route will connect to Hatt Street, which he called a “pinch point” for cyclists.

“The consultant will look at this intersection,” Pimentel said.

Ritsma noted that the planned route currently includes a one-way stop sign on Baldwin at West Street – which would require bikes to stop on the bike path, but not vehicles traveling on West, creating potential conflicts . He suggested a four-way stop, moving the one-way stop to West Street or using the intersection to test a mini-roundabout.

“Different options are superior, in my opinion, to stop signs,” Ritsma said.

Oates said it was confusing to only have a one-way stop on Baldwin and noted the traffic going in and out of the McDonald’s restaurant at West and Baldwin.

A feasibility report indicates that the project is 240 meters long. It suggests that Baldwin Street will be a ‘cycle boulevard’ using signs and pavement markings to indicate a cycle lane, while a three-metre-wide cycle lane adjacent to the sidewalk is suggested for the south side de Cootes, between Baldwin and Thorpe streets.

No stops would be formalized along the northern edge of Baldwin next to Mediacom Park. Sidewalk cuts will be required to go from the end of Baldwin to Cootes.

The report says some private parking lots along Cootes between Baldwin and Thorpe encroach on the right-of-way and need to be removed for the multi-use trail.

The existing sidewalk in front of 50 Cootes Drive, the former vacant property of Canadian Tire, will be removed. A new multipurpose path, shared by pedestrians and cyclists, will be laid out with a grassy boulevard and nine new trees.

The report suggests removing vehicle access to 50 Cootes from Cootes Drive when the site is redeveloped.

“Baldwin Street is a direct connection between the existing multi-use pathway on Cootes Drive and downtown Dundas via Hatt Street,” the report said. “The proposed new segment of cycling facilities on Cootes Drive (separate from the carriageway) is justified due to the existing volumes on Cootes and the direct connectivity to existing facilities on the south side.”

Pimentel said there aren’t many details for Baldwin, as the consultant is still developing the preliminary design.

“We don’t know what it will look like,” he said.

Contacts for the project include Pimentel ([email protected]) and pedestrian and cycling engineer Bakir Fayad ([email protected]).

STORY BEHIND THE STORY: We wanted to know the impacts of a planned cycling link on Baldwin Street and Cootes Drive.