The NPA, once again, doubled down on its anti-bike-lane strategy by voting against an Engineering recommendation for a separated route on the Cambie Bridge.
As noted below, the Globe and Mail is mystified at this a traditional NPA platform issue:
. . . . Any party that bucks the worldwide cycling trend risks branding itself as a band of troglodytes. It’s a bit like railing against the internet: not a smart move for a party that needs to grow its base and freshen its image.
After losing two elections with bike-lane opposition as a prominent plank, why do they keep doing this? They’ve also voted against the removal of the Viaducts, and their mayoral candidate last time (and maybe this time) had as his key transportation strategy the facilitation of car traffic in and through the city. (The Curious Case of the Counterflow Lanes).
How far is the NPA from where the world is going? Here’s an example:
Markus Shaw has worn many hats in his lifetime. The 58-year-old former lawyer turned businessman and environmental campaigner – and grandnephew of late TVB creator Sir Run Run Shaw – is now busily promoting an ambitious scheme to pedestrianise one of Hong Kong’s most crowded, polluted roads.
“That’s a direction in which I feel Hong Kong should be going and I’m convinced will be going, because more and more people will see and understand that our current car-focused transport policy is unsustainable.
“When I first went to China in the early ’80s, most of the cities were bicycle-focused. Now they have become car-focused cities and they are experiencing all the problems that come with that: congestion, pollution and destruction of old neighbourhoods. I’m sure they will be moving back to pedestrian-focused, bicycle-focused city planning as well. It’s inevitable.”
Maybe the NPA strategy is ‘Keep Vancouver Suburban!’