The installation of 15 new LED pole top light fixtures along the existing ±175 metre pedestrian/multi-use pathway in the northern portion of Chedoke Golf Club, between Glenside Avenue and Studholme Avenue.
Recreational and commuter users have raised safety concerns with the absence of lighting along this pathway. LED pole lighting is present for the balance of the Hamilton-Brantford Trail up to Ewen Road. West of Ewen Road the Trail is overseen by the Hamilton Conservation Authority.
The multi-use path has been in place since 2010. Since then, it has become a well-used recreational and commuter route serving Westdale Secondary and McMaster students, essential workers, university staff and Hamilton’s health care workers.
Aberdeen Avenue is classified as a minor arterial road and is not identified for a bike route under the city’s cycling master plan. The multi-use pathway offers an off-street alternative.
Efforts to provide safe, convenient and well-connected pedestrian and cycling opportunities are in keeping with the city’s declared climate emergency and efforts to limit GHG emissions. All residents benefit from well-functioning lighting especially those of the non-motorized road users, particularly women, youth and older residents.
The city of Hamilton presented all necessary materials and the proposal was approved by the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC), the agency overseeing the lands.
The project has been appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) by some neighbouring residents whose properties back onto the Chedoke Golf course. A hearing date has not yet been set.
If anyone wishes to make a request for participant status with the Tribunal, whether, in support or opposition, they may request notice of the future hearing by emailing the Case Coordinator: [email protected]. The file number to cite in any email is OLT-21-001743
A photometric impact study of the city of Hamilton’s plan was conducted. Photo 1 reveals the light distribution or cast of each light. The light spillage outside of the trail will be minimal. The lighting will provide enough illumination to allow pathway users to identify hazards and facial recognition
The proposed pole height: 12-foot pole + 24 inches luminaire + concrete base 6 inches above grade = 14.5 feet
The light luminaires will include shields adjacent to residences which will ensure light is directed only onto the pathway. In addition, consistent with dark sky friendly practices there will be no lost vertical light.