A recent article in Gizmodo, of all places, discusses how using the word “cyclist” is dangerous and how saying “people on bikes” could be safer — safer as in improving the physical safety of people. The central argument of the the piece is that the word “cyclist” brings to mind a certain stereotype: lycra-wearing, speed-racing, law-breaking, expensive bikes and gear, hyper-competitive people. Read more…
I’ve purposely ignored the controversy surrounding the Park Board plan to upgrade the bike route from Vanier Park to the new on-road portions of the Seaside Greenway on Pt. Grey Road beside Kitsilano Beach Park. Earlier this week, however, the Vancouver Park Board agreed to abide by an injunction application put before the BC Supreme Court against construction in the park pending a challenge brought by Kits Point resident and historian Megan Carvell Davis.
(This post is a follow up to the e-bike introduction written two weeks ago)
Over the past two weeks I had the chance to test out two e-bikes: an Urban XU 700 from Ohm Electric Bikes, and a Neo Xtrem from Evolution Cycles. I was a complete newbie when it comes to e-bikes, and I’ll tell you about my experiences with these two bikes below. Read more…
Over the next few posts I will be discussing e-bikes: cycles that have electric motors to assist you pedalling your bike around the city. This first post introduces the e-bikes and ICBC rules, and I will discuss the e-bike riding experience in a follow-up post.
As Vancouver continues to build more active transportation infrastructure some of the things I hear more often are comments like:
- Not everyone can ride a bike
- I’d use my bike more often, but Vancouver’s so hilly
- I’d bike to work, but I don’t want to arrive sweaty
- I’d bike to work, but it’s too far to ride
Bike lanes create bicyclists. Great slide from Janette Sadik-Khan, and this predates Citibike! pic.twitter.com/5UiTc1jLYG
— felix salmon (@felixsalmon) September 20, 2013
Today’s column takes a look the “If you build it, they will come,” phenomenon popularized by the 1989 baseball drama Field of Dreams. An interesting graphic was circulating on Twitter last week showing the dramatic increase in cycling in New York City, and a simultaneous increase in bike lanes.
The implication in the subsequent discussion was that the increase in cycling was related to the increase in bike lanes. There have been similar discussions about increases in cycling in other cities, such as Seattle and London, and the increase in bike lanes in those cities. Read more…
About three weeks ago, three intersections on the Off-Broadway bike route had their stop-signs changed. First, the four-way stop at Stephens Street and 8th Avenue was changed from a 4-way stop to a 2-way stop, with the stop signs for north/south traffic. Next, the 2-way stop at Collingwood and 8th was switched so that there are stop signs north/south instead of east/west. Finally, the 4-way stop at Bayswater and 8th was converted into a 2-way stop, again for north/south traffic.
The net result of these changes is that there are no stop signs from Yew St. through to Alma St. along the bike route, with the exception of the Macdonald St. crossing. Read more…
You might have missed it, but on July 29 the Vancouver City Council approved the recommendations of city staff to proceed with the Seaside Greenway and York Street Bikeway. Council approved the complete staff report, with a few additions. The best overview of the staff report is the slideshow by city staff themselves (pdf).
The first step of the project is realigning the intersection at the south end of the Burrard St. Bridge. The original intersection was apparently designed in the 1930s and is a confusing assortment of sweeping curves and merges managed by an array of traffic lights. Currently, it can take as many as 5 separate crossings for a pedestrian to make it from one side of the intersection to the other. Read more…
In early July, my family and I took a vacation to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and on our way back to Vancouver, we spent some time in Toronto too. I was struck by the stark differences in cycling in each of these cities, particularly compared to our own cycling environment here in Vancouver.
It was a busy week for cycling news in Vancouver. In addition to the Point Grey-Cornwall Active Transportation Corridor report (and upcoming city council vote), city staff released a report concerning the proposed public bike share (PBS) system.
The staff report outlines the status of establishing a public bike share system in Vancouver. It recommends contracting with Alta Bike Share, Inc., who operates the wildly successful New York City system as well as other systems in North America. Alta would then subcontract Bixi to provide the bicycles and docking stations.
The complete system is planned to include 1500 bikes, and 2850 docks at 125 stations located through the “Metro Core”. Calling the distribution area the “Metro Core” is a little generous (perhaps the Vancouver Core would be more appropriate) as the initial system extents are proposed to be relatively limited. The map below shows the rough extents of the initial system: bounded by Main St to the east, Arbutus St to the west, and 12th Ave to the south. Read more…
The media has had a field day with last week’s release of the Vancouver city staff final recommendations for the Point Grey-Cornwall Active Transportation Corridor. There has been a lot of hyperbole and pot-stirring, mainly over the proposed diversion of through-traffic from Pt Grey Road.
I’ll go over the recommendations section by section, starting from the west heading east.