ICBC reports more injuries after bike lanes were installed

Local media brings to light an ICBC report showing that Vancouver commuters – travelling by bus, in a taxi, carrying deliveries or in private cars – are getting injured more frequently after segregated bike lanes were introduced.  Over the four year period before bike lanes were installed, there were nearly 150 accidents a year resulting in about 50 casualties a year.  Since the bike lanes were installed, more than 60 commuters are injured every year.  This represents a 31% and a 20% increase in accident casualties in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Getting used to the new layout is not the answer.  A full year after segregated bike lanes were installed, in the second half of 2010, there were still 25% more accidents than in the years leading up to the installation of segregated bike lanes.
The reason is simple:  Introducing segregated bike lanes makes intersections more confusing.  And confusion leads to accidents.  Traffic studies throughout the world show that.  But City Hall chooses to ignore those facts.

Free education – Ask and you will be answered

Vision Councilors Heather Deal and Andrea Reimer are reported to oppose investigating injuries on the Burrard Bridge.
Coun. Deal and Reimer are using the “enormous” cost of such a study as an excuse for ignoring the safety of commuters.
In fact, all it takes to find out about injuries to Vancouver commuters on the Burrard Bridge is to ask ICBC –ICBC provides the data free of charge.
Unfortunately for the 95% of commuters that travel by bus, car and taxi, deliveries and services , ICBC report shows 31% increase in injuries in 2009 and 20% increase in 2010.
The same Coun. Deal and Reimer had no problem wasting millions of dollars taken away from our libraries, parks and emergency services on unused, dangerous and wasteful separated bike lanes.
This underlines the incompetence of Vision Councillor Heather Deal and Andrea Reimer who would spend enormous amounts of your tax dollars rather then ask a simple question.

Hornby street bike lanes not popular with local residents

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.

Vision Councillor Meggs and City’s Traffic Engineer contradict each other in the media.

Local media reported a dramatic increase in vehicle accidents on the north end of the Burrard Bridge after separated bike lanes were installed.

Vision Councillor Meggs acts surprised in his interview with The Province and says: “We are certainly going to analyze it,”
Mr. Dobrovolny contradicts Vision Coun. Meggs when he says during his interview with the Vancouver Courier that: “we look at the data regularly, we look at it month by month”.
One of those statements must be incorrect.

Busted: Four Vision Councillors Ignore Traffic Laws

Each day commuters can observe a full complement of common traffic violations by cyclists.  What you may not know is that the local media has reported that at least four Vision Councillors are among the cyclists that haveignored or willfully disregarded these traffic regulations.
The offenders start right at the top with Vision Mayor Robertson. The mayor is reported to have ignored a red light and was lucky to escape an injury thanks to an experienced transit driver. While Mayor Robertson was reported to be “reluctant to admit wrongdoing”. The Province reported that the Mayor receive “a full 10 on a one-to-10 scale of dumb things cyclists do”.
Vision Councillor Meggs was less fortunate when he caused an accident after failing to stop at a stop sign.  He sustained back injuries but it could have been worse had he not been wearing a helmet. Multiple papers reported on this incident but only one, Vancouver Courier, mentioned that the accident was a direct result of Coun. Meggs failure to stop at the stop sign.
 
Two other Vision Councillors Jang and Stevenson were caught riding side-by-side.  While the piece implied that traffic-obstructing, side-by-side cycling is a “common practice among many cyclists”, riding side-by-side is illegal.  Worse, the article reported that the Councillors continued to ride side-by-side despite being told by a riding instructor that practice was against the law.
 
Cyclists ignoring red lights or stop signs, obstructing traffic by riding side-by-side, riding against the traffic and illegally passing on the right are typical traffic violations that commuters have to put up with from cyclists each and every day. What commuters shouldn’t have to put with is the poor examples set by high-profile Vision politicians that demonstrate their disrespect for other citizens and local laws.

Manufacturing Congestion – removing road and sidewalk space

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.

Best Bus

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.