@sunrise604 hauls a Christmas Tree home on her Surly Big Dummy
Cargo bikes made a bit of a splash in the news last week when the Associated Press ran a story on some Seattleites and how they use their bicycles to haul kids, groceries, and other bulky items.
Cargo bikes have always intrigued me. They seem like the logical next step for someone who uses their bicycle to commute back and forth to work: a bicycle that you can use to get things other than yourself around the city. When I drop my kids off at school, there is a parent who glides up on her Yuba Mundo with a kid or two on the back, and I look on enviously. Read more…
Language is important. Words are important. We need to refer to things with labels, and in labeling things we often pack a lot of meaning into a single word. One of these loaded words is “cyclist”.
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.
Today a B.C. Supreme Court order was issued, barring the city from paving a path through Hadden Park, before a hearing on the legality of the plan. The lawsuit was put forward by historian Megan Carvell Davis. Davis believes city plans for a three-metre wide paved path through the middle of the park violates the terms under which park land was gifted to the city in 1928, by Harvey Hadden. Read more…
A crowd of 100 people proteseted at Kitsilano Beach Sunday to show their opposition to a $2.2 million planned bike route through the area. The bike lane will go through Kits Beach and Hadden Park, eliminating 23 parking spots and causing memorial benches to be removed. It is scheduled to be completed by May.
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
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…
Written by Anthony, August 26th, 2013 |Comments Off
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…