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.
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.
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.
As Vancouver commuters are stuck in traffic jams created by the cycling visionaries at City Hall
who have carved up major streets to install virtually empty bicycle lanes
, they might be tempted to get on a bike and head downtown.
Unfortunately, downtown is out of cycling range for an average Vancouver commuter
. BC Cycling Coalition reports (on page 15) that an average cycling trip is 3.2 km
, the distance from Robson Square to theVancouver City Hall, while the majority of Vancouver commuters live further away.
If good old fashioned pedal power is too onerous, a plausible alternative might seem to be the electric bike. Lured by the promise of zero emissions and no operating costs, a commuter may be tempted to hand over more than two thousand dollars for the chance to laugh at the suckers in their Honda Civics that pay 7 cents a kilometer in fuel costs (according to Yahoo Autos).
However, in reading the fine print one may suffer an electric shock. Electric bike batteries last less than 15,000 km and cost a thousand dollars to replace. Simple math tells one that a dollar for every 15 kilometers travelled on your electric bike, or 6.7 cents per kilometer, is virtually the same amount as the fuel cost to commuters in their Honda Civics. Even ignoring the fact that Civic commuters can accomodate 5 passengers, easily reach destinations more than 20 kilometers away and refuel their vehicles in minutes rather than the 4 hours every day needed to recharge an electric bike, it is obvious that there is no such thing as a free ride.
Unlike Mayor Robertson
and the bobbing heads in his chamber that are blowing millions on bike lanes by removing funding from libraries, parks and essential services, a sensible person examines the costs involved.