OK, that’s not exactly what he said. But that was the gist of it, in a story called “Traffic Confusion” that Global News BC ran tonight.
It was (yet another) story on the woeful state of downtown Vancouver now that one little bike lane has been added – the Hornby Bike Lane.
It seems that motorists are so confused that flag people have had to be deployed to help them out. Some are more impatient than confused, and are illegally turning right, cutting across the bike lane and scaring some of the cyclists.
Shop merchants are (predictably) complaining that traffic confusion means shoppers are giving their stores a pass. WHEN are they going to discover that cyclists spend money? And that not all cyclists are bike couriers, as one liquor store merchant seemed to think? He said that some of his most frequent customers are bike couriers, but complained that they only buy one or two beers at a time. Hey, I shop at liquor stores, and I DEFINITELY do not buy one beer at a time!
The good news is that Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson – fearless champion of bike lanes – is unfazed. Gregor bought a few welcome sound bites of sanity to the news story when he said:
“Hornby Street’s open. And that’s a good time to shop there for the holidays. … I’m not worried about the popularity piece of it. This is really important infrastructure for downtown Vancouver. We build streets, we build sidewalks. Building good bike lanes is important for our future.”
Hear, hear. Or as my daughter would say, “Word.” (And I actually know what that means, which shows I’m not as old as I look.)
Global chose to end the story on a bitchy note. They focused on a bike courier cycling like a loon, and commented: “Some of the bike lane lettering is already crumbling. No bother to some who just ignore it all.”
To Global, and to all those confused and irate motorists, I say:
“Hornby Bike Lane is here to stay – get used to it!”