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Based on the concerns expressed to City of Vancouver on the type of temporary surface for the Arbutus Greenway’s pre-consultation period,  Naoibh O’Connor writes in the Vancouver Courier.

She quotes HUB spokesperson Jeff Leigh (and regular Price Tags commenter) He weighs in on HUB’s broad and forward-looking view of the Greenway, and the issues of consultation and vision.

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Photo:  thanks to Dan Toulgoet

“Our goal is to get more people cycling, more often, and whatever accomplishes that is the way we’re going,” he said. “We’re not wedded to pavement or gravel. We’re promoting cycling as a transportation alternative. If our membership comes back and says, ‘We’re just as happy to ride on a gravel path,’ that’s fine. That hasn’t been our experience so far, but we really have to talk to our members and see.”

HUB has discussed ideas for its general vision for the final design of the greenway. The vision talks about the route being a social experience, that it be sufficiently wide for people to ride side-by-side, that it has room for all users and that it respects heritage and different neighbourhoods.

“But it’s at a very, very high visioning level. I think we really need to get to a consultation,” he said. “We look forward to that consultation. These are very early ideas about what it could be. But we see it as an active transportation corridor that we need to have all user groups have a say in.”

Eye-opening footnote:  Writer O’Connor on the relevant volumes of concerns expressed to City of Vancouver on the type of temporary surface for the Arbutus Greenway’s pre-consultation period:

Between Aug. 5 and 11, 53 people weighed in by correspondence to the city — 28 expressed support for paving, 15 were against it, four were neutral or offered a suggestion, while six asked a general question.

 [Note to self:  never underestimate the power of a letter to council and City staff].