Despite millions of dollars spent on separated bike lanes on the Burrard Bridge cyclist account for only 5% of bridge crossings.
City of Vancouver claims that cars make Point Grey Road dangerous for cyclists.
Cyclists do not appear to care about safety as they use this commuter route for bicycle racing in everyday traffic.
Despite all the money poured by Vision Mayor Robertson and all the hype feverishly pitched by Vision Councillor Meggs there are no increases in cycling volumes on high profile bike routes.
Review of the City of Vancouver Downtown Separated Bicycle Lanes Status Report released this July shows that cycling volumes on most established separated bike routes are flat to declining.
source: City of Vancouver, Downtown Separated Bicycle Lanes Status Report, Summer 2011, Appendix A
Vancouver taxpayers are being fed arrogant hype claiming increases in cycling as a result of separated bike lanes being installed while City’s own data shows decreases in cycling on main cycling routes like Burrard Bridge or the Ontario Bike Route.
TransLink executives just released their “Cycling for Everyone” plan. As part of that plan they promote dangerous tailgating as a method to improve space efficiency. The document signed by the TransLink CEO – Ian Jarvis, states that cyclists can ride so close to each other that they are separated by only half a second.
Any TransLink bus driver knows that following closer that 2 seconds behind is not safe. At least 2 seconds are needed to react to a traffic situation. Fortunately for commuters, executives in charge of TransLink are not driving our buses. Unfortunately for the taxpayers TransLink executives waste our tax dollars promoting unsafe riding practices.
Ontario Bike Route is a popular bike route in Vancouver running north/south through the heart of the City. Comparing spring and summer months of 2009 and 2010 shows a 15% decline in cycling along that cycling route.
In 5 out of six months there was a reduction in cycling. Spring months show double-digit drops in cycling exceeding 30% in April of 2010 when compared to 2009.
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.