This is a good idea because it will cut down on congestion and problems with parking spaces behind the Yes! and Busboys, which is horrendous even in the best weather. People who commute to work on bicycle will continue to bike when the trails have been cleared.
This should be a no-brainer. There's already a big-a** parking lot behind these business. Make people use these parking spaces. [Ask any driver of a The Bus or Metro bus if this isn't a good idea.] Maybe the city can provide other incentives for the business owners along Hamilton to open up their back doors to customers in cars, while keeping an attractive storefront on Hamilton for pedestrians and bicyclists. The new auto parts store facing Queen's Chapel has led the way in showing how a different configuration would work
I would like to see a traffic study conducted at the intersection of 410 (E-W Highway) and Queens Chapel. Cars that are driving west on 410 (E-W Highway) and that are turning right (north) onto Queens Chapel Road have a "no turn on red" sign, yet this sign is very seldom obeyed. When pedestrians are crossing 410 (I do this daily), cars are often continuing to make a right turn on red while pedestrians are in the crosswalk. I would like to propose that we conduct a traffic study to get this documented and evaluate options to make the intersection safer for pedestrians. One idea would be to Install a red arrow light to better communicate "no right turn" for traffic driving west on 410 and turning right onto Queens Chapel northbound. I also wonder if the "No turn on red" sign is placed visibly enough. When the sun is setting at the end of the day, visibility is compromised and the sign is harder to see. Thank you!