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On the Dunsmuir Bike Lane: The good, the bad

March 14, 2013

From Ken Ohrn:

It’s hard for me to decide if this is a good or a bad thing.

A rented truck is delivering movie-making hardware to a location shoot at Holt Renfrew, where a door opens onto the Dunsmuir bike lane.  So they park in the bike lane, and put a flag person at either end of the truck.   And warning cones.

Fair warning, and decent concern for bike traffic.  So that’s good in its own way.

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Bike lane

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However, there is plenty of room on Granville or Howe, but the truck goes in the bike lane.  So that’s bad.

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew Browne permalink
    March 14, 2013 9:39 am

    *shrug* Well, car traffic frequently loses lanes to construction, so… I guess equality? Not ideal, agreed, but not terrible.

  2. Guest permalink
    March 14, 2013 12:12 pm

    The truck goes closest to the sidewalk without having to haul heavy equipment over a planter (or hiring union-paid City workers to temporarily move the planters).
    It’s a functionality decision, not a political priority decision – and likely the convenience that the film company is paying the City for when it buys its permits. If that were a car lane, that car lane would also be blocked.
    Note that there is still space for a cyclist to ride past the truck in the lane – they just need to be watchful and courteous to each other if they come face to face.

  3. Michael Alexander permalink
    March 14, 2013 6:42 pm

    They’re handling it responsibly, unlike the food service truck that just blocked the lane each night to supply the Starbucks. (Not sure if it still happens.)

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