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 […]
The very controversial Hornby Bike Lane is now open in Vancouver!
What with the Central Valley Greenway, the Burrard Street Bridge, and the Dunsmuir and Hornby Street separate bike lanes, the good news just keeps coming for local cyclists. And in the past two days, there have been two more good news items. Vancouver Bikes Lanes to be Salted and Ploughed In previous years, I recall […]
Last week BC Premier Gordon Campbell resigned with his approval ratings at around 9% – lower than Nixon’s during Watergate! By contrast, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s approval ratings have soared to the giddy heights of 43%. According to the pollsters, that’s astonishingly high. Apparently it’s rare for a Canadian politician to score over 40%, so […]
The magnificent new Richmond bridge for skytrains, bikes, and pedestrians will make life much easier for Richmond cyclists. Thanks Translink!
Cyclists should use separated bike lanes whenever possible to protect their health. Separated bike lanes are safer, and also have less pollution.
Recently Vancouver and the lower Mainland have made three giant strides towards safe cycling for all: The Central Valley Greenway (June 2009) The Burrard Bridge separated cycling lane (July, 2009) The separate lane on Dunsmuir Street (March 2010) Also, there is finally a traffic light on the 10th Avenue bike route at Fraser – what […]
The Central Valley Greenway runs from the New Westminster Quay, via Burnaby, to Science World in Vancouver – a total distance of 24 km. It is marvelously ambitious; hinting at a wonderful future when commuting by bike could be easy and safe for a wide range of cyclists – from kids to seniors, and everyone in between. Unfortunately, it still has some major problems.
In the wake of Vancouver City Council’s unanimous vote to build a new, separated bike lane on Hornby Street, the anti-cyclist lobby is seething. The internet is suddenly full of a freshly unleashed torrent of seething hatred for all things cyclist. It’s hard to comprehend. Harvey Enchin in the Vancouver Sun points out that improvements […]
Oh my gosh, I am SO TIRED of the negative media reports on the proposed Hornby Street separated lane. I just watched a video on CTV ($3.2 -million price tag for Hornby Street bike lane). It’s all about how much the bike lane will cost Vancouver. The reporter, Shannon Paterson, looks pained – even horrified […]
“The new separated bike lanes in Vancouver are fantastic. What used to be a stressful commute jockeying for position in traffic has become a relaxing, almost recreational jaunt. The only annoying thing is that the lane has incited the lolly-gagging dawdlers to ride their bikes downtown too. Annoying, but a small price to pay.” This […]
Cycling on Hornby Street, Vancouver, is extremely dangerous, as you can see from this photo. As a result, you will never see children biking on Hornby Street, and you will seldom see women and children, or men and children. Canada is a kind and caring nation, so you would think that people would want to […]
Motorists who rant about getting cyclists off of THEIR streets are mistaken, as cyclists subsidize motorists by paying more than their fair share of costs for roads. But wait! there’s more: Say you see a cyclist and a motorist in downtown Vancouver. Odds are the motorist could be from a neighboring suburb, so he or she has contributed nothing at all to the roads he or she is driving on (Vancouver’s roads are financed by Vancouver property taxes). However, the cyclist is most likely to be from Vancouver, as cyclists don’t usually travel long distances. So of the two, it’s the motorist who’s getting an absolutely free ride, and the cyclist who is paying for the road!
Other cities can learn a whole lot from the elegant design of Montreal’s separated bike lanes. In 2015 Montreal was ranked 20th in the world for bike friendly city by the respected Copenhagenize Index. The only North American city that did better was Minneapolis at no. 18. Although it has slipped a bit in the rankings, Montreal remains a stellar city to cycle in. What has Montreal got that almost no other city in North America has got? Well, for a start, separated bike lanes so that people can ride bikes in relative safety. After strenuous action from activists, Montreal has provided a simply brilliant system of physically separated bike lanes.
San Francisco study finds merchants benefit from bike lanes, traffic calming — Geoff Meggs. Counsellor Meggs discusses an interesting study that shows that bikes lanes are not necessarily such a terrible thing as local businesses fear – on the contrary, four years on, most businesses benefitted by having a bike lane put in front of […]