Allan Jensen commented on Write Mayor and Council 2019-06-27 09:01:05 -0700Dear Major and Councillors,
I commute by bike every day year round on the BC Parkway from Commercial/Broadway to my work at Joyce. Upgrades are ostensibly being done on this route, but unfortunately these are making it worse for bike traffic.
A few years ago a shared bike/pedestrian path was installed under the skytrain tracks between Rupert and Joyce. Because it is near the Joyce skytrain station, there is a lot of foot traffic which makes it impossible for cyclists to use. People walk in the middle of the path, or side by side, or with dogs off leash (or worse on leash stretched across the path). These shared paths may be ok for children, or for a lazy Sunday, but they are useless for commuters; a count would likely show around 90% of cyclists stay on Vanness Ave.
And now, after a year of being pushed onto the sidewalk while passing the construction at Joyce skytrain station, the east direction on Vanness has been blocked and cyclists are FORCED onto the crowded path north past the station.
My belief was that cycling infrastructure was incrementally being improved to encourage people to commute by bike, with a good example being the new separated bike path on E 10th Ave past the Commercial/Broadway skytrain station. Why was the same design not used at the Joyce station? Why are bikes being pushed off the road onto what is essentially a sidewalk?
Why are shared pathways still being built? This goes against the City’s own “Transportation Design Guidelines” “Rule #7” “Create separate spaces for walking and cycling.” Pedestrians and bikes do not mix; the shared paths are too slow and annoying to use for cyclists and too dangerous for pedestrians. There should be NO shared paths and any existing ones should be converted to one or the other, or at the very least separated by a barrier like the Stanley Park seawall.
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