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Today was the official opening of the Dunsmuir bike lanes in downtown Vancouver. Mayor Gregor Robertson, a well known bike proponent was one of the first to try it out.
at 06:50 on June 17th, 2010
This is incredibly ill though-out - council has no comprehension of how Dunsmuir street is utilized. Beyond the loss of time, productivity and business I am gravely worried about the prospect of fatalities occurring as a result of frustrated drivers trying to get through the congestion this has created on the street. If anyone gets hurt, I hope they sue the pants off the city for failing to perform due diligence in understanding how this road is utilized.
at 21:26 on June 21st, 2010
I am always surprised that some people express opposition to infrastructure for cleaner and healthier transportation options. These views seem rather myopic. Vancouver is far behind other world class cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam when it comes to cycling infrastructure. Even cities in the US are now surpassing Vancouver when it comes to spending on cycling infrastructure (Seattle has a 10-year, $240-million bike master plan compared to Vancouver's $25 million and Portland is also spending over $200 million).There are plenty of examples of prosperous cities that have reduced their motor vehicle trips to a much greater degree than Vancouver. Copenhagen has a 36% cycling modal share compared to 4% in Vancouver. And New York has a 52% public transit modal share compared Vancouver's 17%.Why would we want to fall even further behind the rest of the world? I think it is time for Vancouver to be a leader in this area.
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by J.A. Dunabeitia