Kent Lundberg, a regular PT contributor from Auckland, reports to a local blog back home on Vancouver’s bike facilities:

Vancouver is one of several North American cities engaging in an “arms race” of sorts by implementing state of the art bike facilities; other cities include Minneapolis, Long Beach, New York, and most famously Portland, Oregon.

The best thing about traveling is having your preconceptions challenged. I used to consider bicycle infrastructure in dense, vibrant cities as being too hard since the land is so valuable, and because there are so many competing users.

These barriers can all be overcome I discovered after visiting Vancouver. …

Here is how buses work along a cycle track. They are placed inside the cycle track and pedestrian/bike conflict areas are marked.

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More examples here at the Auckland Transport Blog.  And another Kiwi view of us from CyclinginChristchurch.