For those of you who missed last night’s ground-breaking debate at Vancouver City Council on the Hornby Bike Lane, here’s a chance to read and hear what went on. Vancouver City Council unanimously voted for this new separated bike lane, so the Hornby Bike Lane will go ahead! This will ensure that Vancouver has a basic grid of separated bike lanes linking north and south and east and west, as well as separate access via the Burrard Bridge and the Viaduct.
You can read the Council minutes. Even better, you can see and hear the debate, by loading it in Windows Media Player.
In particular, I recommend jumping to 2:33:50 to hear Gordon Price’s great speech. Pointing out that the Hornby Bike Lane will join False Creek to Coal Harbour, and connect with Dunsmuir, he compared this historic step to the completion of Vancouver’s Sea Wall in the 1970’s around Stanley Park.
Price argued that there “are times in the history of a city when networks begin to fill in and connections are made … when the infrastructure gets to a point where things just go click.” As he put it, this is one of those:
“Click moments – magical moments – This is powerful stuff, it changes how people perceive space, how they move – and even the identity of the city.”
By the way, Price has some OUTSTANDING photo essays on his site, some of them about cycling – I HIGHLY recommend checking them out.
Thanks to Chris at Canadian Veggie for this information!