Three photos of people riding bikes on Vancouver’s very popular and busy Seaside Greenway. Shamefully, the section at Kits Beach Park is nasty and dangerous, but nothing gets done.
Despite seeing over half a million bike trips annually, and being subject to many years of calls for change from users and residents alike, the Vancouver Park Board continues to operate under the assumption that routing people on bikes through a busy parking lot — including tourists, children and older folks — is A-OK.
I’m here waiting for the train on the Adanac bike route in Vancouver, and my Mobi bike share time is creeping towards the 30-minute limit for this ride.
Mild anxiety ensues. But as the graffiti says on one of the signal housings — “relax”.
As of last week, this is what Vancouver’s upgraded 10th Avenue Bikeway looked like in the hospital precinct near Oak Street — still incomplete, but already being used.
This is the one that prospective NPA mayoral candidate Glen Chernen promised to take out with heavy equipment if elected.
Whether 10th Ave, Point Grey Road, Hornby Street, or any other piece of the network, it’s not going to happen — for at least four reasons. Read on >>
Angie Schmitt at Streetsblog punctures the balloon:
While there’s been no shortage of stories about the untidiness of dockless bike-share, information about how useful the new systems are has been hard to come by.
A new report from the National Association of City Transportation Officials sheds some light on the situation, and so far the performance of the dockless bike-share systems is underwhelming. Read on >>
It’s 100% free, including the trip tracking app, which allows you to create workplace teams and compete for prizes, plus active transportation bragging rights between companies. Every year, about one in five participants is a first-time bicycle commuter.
It’s a great way to start.
This looks to be the final piece of the Burrard Bridge upgrade — a masterpiece of engineering design: Complete separation of multiple modes while simultaneously addressing issues of infrastructure, heritage, safety, means prevention and traffic flow.
A few blocks on the south side of Pacific from Burrard to Howe remained unfinished until recently. Now, as the pigeons quickly discovered, even the grass is planted.
Bridge drivers are still figuring out the new lane flows. Here, for instance, north-bound at Pacific, there are two right-hand-turn lanes. But (very Canadian-like), drivers tend to queue in the longer line-up at the curb, not realizing they have a choice.
Which means there is underutilized capacity for even smoother traffic flows once drivers figure out their options.
We haven’t seen any data yet to compare the pre- and post-upgrade traffic flows — but anecdotally, bridge traffic seems to be flowing better. Certainly more safely, and presumably happier.
So where oh where are the ‘mageddon predictors, who maintained that taking away two lanes from the bridge deck for bike and ped crossings could only lead to (all together now) Carmegeddon!
Vancouver’s Point Grey Road on a Sunday afternoon in April. Where 6,000 – 10,000 motor vehicles once dominated most days, children now ride safely on a busy and spectacular Greenway. And the experience for everyone is terrific. Car-mageddon indeed.