Local papers contradict Vision propaganda that separated bike lanes are accepted in Vancouver.
Vancouver Courier writes that more than five in ten Vancouverites want bike lanes out of Hornby Street and only one in four supports the trial.
It is not surprising considering an increase in accidents on Burrard and Pacific after bicycle lanes were installed there.
Local media reported a dramatic increase in vehicle accidents on the north end of the Burrard Bridge after separated bike lanes were installed.
Incompetence of the Vancouver City Hall is on display at the Eastbound exit to the Pacific St. on the North end of the Burrard Bridge. There you will find a lane of traffic and a sidewalk taken away between the exit ramp and the Hornby St. to accommodate a bike lane.
As a result this intersection is more congested, idling cars pollute and this location is more dangerous to merging traffic. Vancouver’s popular restaurant – “Kettle of Fish” closed its doors after bike lane was installed.
traffic cameras show eastbound traffic reduced to a single lane after placing concrete barriers on the roadway (note that the sidewalk is closed to pedestrians as well and could be used for a bike lane)
NO PEDESTRIANS ALLOWED on the sidewalk, roadway taken away, business driven away – result ofincompetence at the Vancouver City Hall
wasted road space – courtesy of Mayor Robertson’s City Hall
2/3rds of road and sidewalk space allocated to 5% of commuters – cyclists
the same exit ramp before bike lanes were installed – notice two lanes merging with Pacific St Eastbound and two left turn lanes from Pacific St onto the Burrard Bridge extending all the way to Hornby St and further east.
Translink puts forward a plan that is sensitive to taxpayers’ concerns that expensive, new train infrastructure may not be the best at serving our transportation needs and it is worth to examine how our existing bus lines can be utilized more efficiently.
Among the obvious solutions to help transit buses negotiate city traffic is to ban bicycles from bus routes.
At the same time the City should expand the network of bicycle routes on residential streets.
Currently a single cyclist moving slower than 15 km/h is slowing down more than 50 commuters on a bus capable of traveling three times faster.