A section of Vancouver’s Vernon Drive looks and feels a lot better recently, with  reasoning and results similar to the venerable and highly-successful West End mini-parks.  What was a nasty and very busy block is now ped-and-bike-friendly to a major degree. And it includes new and nifty street furniture (see photos).

The Union/Adanac bike route at Vernon Drive carries over 2,000 people on bikes per day on average. Peaks approach 5,000 per day. The yearly bike count at nearby Union & Hawks was 900,000 in 2015/2016. It’s Vancouver’s third-busiest bike route, in an area with around 17% mode share for travel by bike.  But at Vernon Drive, where Union jogs into Adanac, confusing traffic patterns made this block highly unpleasant for people on bikes and on foot.

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At this block, amid poor sight lines, motor vehicle operators formerly made left turns, right turns and straight-throughs from all directions. Many such trips were people in motor vehicles short-cutting nearby arterials (such as Prior and Venables).

Now, this busy Union/Adanac corridor is closer to being an All Ages and Abilities route.  On Vernon Drive, what’s not a bike lane is now a mini-park, with furniture in place and planters ready to go.