LIVE CHAT: How safe are our streets?

Hamilton's streets are among the province's most dangerous for walkers and cyclists. Join CBC Hamilton and the SPRC's Sara Mayo, the author of a new report on street safety Thursday at noon for a live audio chat. Why are our streets so dangerous and what can be done?

One week ago, a Hamilton woman was hit by a car while out for her evening jog

Zoe Nuddel, died from her injuries a day later.

Nuddel unfortunately became the latest  example of an alarming statistic uncovered by new research from the Social Planning and Research Council that shows Hamilton is one of the province’s most dangerous cities for cyclists and pedestrians. That is the subject of this week's live chat, Thursday at noon.

Hamilton pedestrians are as much as 42 per cent more likely to be hit by a car compared to the Ontario rate. Cyclists are 81 per cent more likely.

“'It kind of explains why we have a lower rate of cyclist commuters in Hamilton,” said the report’s author, Sara Mayo, planner at the SPRC.

Mayo’s report comes as the city unveils a new  pedestrian mobility plan , a hefty 244-page document two-years in the making, that aims to make the city's streets safer for people not in cars. It recommends wider sidewalks, buffers between sidewalk and streets and more visible pedestrian crossings as.

Join Sara Mayo and CBC Hamilton Thursday at noon for a live audio chat on why our roads are so dangerous and how to keep Hamilton’s pedestrians and cyclists safer on city streets.

Have a question for Sara? Email ahead of time to hamilton@cbc.ca, tweet at @CBCHamilton. To listen in or participate in the discussion, join us live online Thursday at noon at cbc.ca/hamilton, and follow the links to the chat.


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