Dunsmuir Bike Lane now open

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"The plan is here. You're fighting it."

Yeah, I am totally fighting it. Someone laid out this huge plan to redevelop every square foot of the lower mainland and I quashed it. Take that, everyone else.

"I'm sure you could compare increase in the number of cars on the roads to the increase in roads and find that the former is far outpacing the latter."

Car trips to downtown are on the decrease. At this point, if the same trend continues (likely) we'll be able to maintain the current acceptable traffic flow and start to reclaim road space for other purposes.

"I ride 15 km. Doable, but I'm willing to work up a sweat getting there, which a lot of people aren't willing to do."

35% of Vancouver commutes are under 5km. Most people could walk that in under an hour. By bike I doubt it it would take more than 15 minutes.

Will this be our legacy?

"Sorry about the trashed planet kids. I didn't want to get sweaty."

I'm not sure I believe that a decrease in car trips going downtown implies that will start to happen everywhere. Could it not be due to other reasons, such as that rent downtown is too expensive for businesses, and hence they're moving out of the core and to cheaper areas (Burnaby, Surrey, whatever)? I don't know where you get your numbers from, but I'd be more interested in car trips in the GVRD as a whole (or maybe even a couple of the major cities) rather than a small section that doesn't necessarily reflect accurately on the entire population.

Translink's stated goal is to make walking, transit, and cycling the preferred modes of travel across the region. Assuming they will have even limited success in this regard, car trips in Metro Vancouver will decrease.

You are by all means welcome to find the relevant documents and information online, but because they are so easy to find, I'm not going to rustle up the links.

cheers,
CK

"if the same trend continues (likely) we'll be able to maintain the current acceptable traffic flow and start to reclaim road space for other purposes."

Damn skippy!!

with regards to new uses for the viaducts:

“One of the things that we could do is to make bicycle lanes and pedestrian park space up there,” Green told the Georgia Straight. “It [the viaduct] would stay there, and you would have the park up, elevated three storeys.”

There are residential and commercial possibilities as well. “You can have retail opening onto the high park, which is now the viaduct, and then have that also open down [below on] the street,” the former councillor said. “You could really enliven two different areas of Vancouver.”

giddy up.

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An awful lot of anger in that article; it's hard to know what's actually based on fact.

Things you should know before reading that article.

The writer has a close association to the NPA.

There's a giant factual error in it. The writer refers to $25 million dollars for the downtown bike lanes, but that figure is actually the estimated total for the next ten years of cycling infrastructure and planning.

Politicians seeking power use wedge issues to distract voters. This may well be simply an opening salvo in what's going to be a long and ugly municipal election campaign. Further, most cycling infrastructure planning is very counter-intuitive. Things you think might be true actually turn out to be the very opposite when studied further. To quote the Facebook relationship status setting... 'it's complicated'.

Don't count on anyone's opinion, and do some reading before you decide what your own p.o.v. is. You might be surprised to find out that bike lanes aren't the bete noire of drivers after all, and in fact are an overall net benefit to all road users in the long run.

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The Germans don't like bike lanes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=0C7AYsfB_dM

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