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  • Quinn Ford
    commented 2017-10-03 17:16:10 -0700
    I have also experienced as a cyclist the hazard posed by a bike route cutting through kits beach parking lot. For an inexperienced rider, this can be hazardous. I feel it would be good to have a diversion around or away from the parking lot.

    Thank you
  • Arno Schortinghuis
    commented 2017-10-03 15:11:55 -0700
    The Vancouver Seaside Greenway could be a world class walking and cycling experience which would attract more locals as well as people from around the world to enjoy this iconic route.


    Unfortunately, there is one major gap in the greenway, namely Kits Beach and Haddon Parks. This is surprising, given the lofty Mission, Goals and Objectives which are included in the Park Board. For example, the Vision is

    “To be leaders in parks and recreation by connecting people to

    green space, active living and community.”

    Why then is it that so much effort is made to provide parking for cars, a restaurant and a museum and that recreational opportunities like tennis, swimming and basketball are encouraged but walking is unsafe on the official greenway path and cycling is very unsafe in this area? Doesn’t the vision statement speak more to walking and cycling than to driving and swimming? Why are walking and cycling left out of the definition of recreation but golfing is included?


    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. Then we can invite the world to visit our world class greenway.
  • Dasha Maslennikova
    commented 2017-10-03 13:40:04 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.


    The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot (OH MAN THAT PARKING LOT, it’s a mess!). Also the path west of Burrard bridge is very poorly marked, my mom and I got totally off the path there last week and had to carry our bikes up some stairs at one point. Which isn’t easy for her, she is in her 60s.


    People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.


    Regards,
  • Chris Kowalchuk
    commented 2017-10-03 13:31:21 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.


    The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot. People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.


    Regards,


    Chris Kowalchuk

    3555 East 28th Ave,

    Vancouver
  • Odessa Cadieux-Rey
    commented 2017-10-03 09:34:03 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.


    The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot. People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.


    Personally, I commute by electric-assist bicycle from North Commercial Dr to UBC every day and I pass through this area. I am fortunate that most of my commute is on safe streets and off-road bike paths, but this area, which I detour by going to York Ave, is by far the most unpleasant segment of my 16km commute (since York Ave is a very uneven road surface, it’s hardly more pleasant). The Park Board and City can do a lot better.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.


    Regards,

    Odessa Cadieux-Rey
  • Tracy Wilkins
    commented 2017-10-03 08:48:25 -0700
    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kits area. This is an incredible area for families, kids, and tourists to bike though. Let’s make it safe and appealing for all ages and abilities. Let’s attract people to this area not deter them.


    Thanks for your time and consideration.
  • Colin Stein
    commented 2017-10-02 21:02:50 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    Thanks to the City of Vancouver’s consistent efforts over the past twenty years to improve bicycle infrastructure and keep pace with its own promotions of cycling for transportation and recreation, much of the Seaside Greenway, including many portions passing through Kitsilano, are safe and accessible for all ages and abilities.


    However, in a few critical areas, separated and/or designated bike routes end with little warning in the way of signage or pavement markings, placing people on bikes into the path of motor vehicle and foot traffic – and thus harm’s way – as well as jeopardizing the safety of pedestrians.


    I have tried to negotiate a safe route from the eastern edge of Kitsilano Beach (Hadden Park) to Balsalm Street, both alone and with my wife and children, and have found it impossible to avoid having to ride through a busy parking lot, through masses of people walking along the paths at the foot of Yew, alongside foot traffic parallel to Cornwall, and to safely rejoin the otherwise superior cycling infrastructure that lies beyond the corner of Cornwall and Balsalm streets, without striking pedestrians, or being struck by turning vehicles. The only safe option is to ride on sidewalks, and occasionally on the grass in the most extreme circumstances.


    Conditions throughout Kits Beach are objectively hazardous to all modes, and at the point at which someone is struck and either harmed or killed due to these conditions, the Park Board will be subject to unprecedented scrutiny and, quite possibly, legal action. Upon review of the countless requests and warnings from the transportation and local residential communities that are served by this otherwise spectacular amenity, the Park Board and its commissions will likely be deemed negligent for their failure to act and, in some cases, their obstruction of proposed remedies to ensure safety of all users.


    I look forward to your action on this matter.


    Regards,


    Colin Stein

    Vancouver
  • Lisa Slakov
    commented 2017-10-02 00:38:46 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.


    The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot. People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.
  • Laura Taves
    commented 2017-10-01 14:48:18 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is very unsafe. Part of the route pushes cyclists into a very busy parking lot where drivers are only half paying attention as they are focused on finding a parking spot. Not to mention drivers are constantly backing up with many blind spots making it difficult to see cyclists. Especially young ones and their families. I found it extremely frustrating when the park board did not take people’s safety seriously and included the parking lot on an otherwise very safe and beautiful seaside route. I would also like to mention it would be beneficial to all cyclists and pedestrians to have separated paths throughout the park. This is a very busy area especially in the summer and many people bring their bikes to the park. In fact I think better cycling access would encourage people to bike to this area, freeing up more parking space for those who are unable.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.


    Regards,
  • Margo Mactaggart
    commented 2017-09-28 22:07:11 -0700
    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.


    As an active host in a network of touring cyclists (“Warmshowers”) , I often guide international visitors to see downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, and False creek by bike. We continue toward UBC and the Museum of Anthropology via the Seaside Route, and while I am proud of the recent developments of bike infrastructure in my city, I always feel a need to apologize for the glaringly unsafe Kits Park gap in what is an otherwise idyllic waterfront ride.


    Please act on this issue so I can stop apologizing to cycling visitors from around the world.
  • Lorraine Chisholm
    commented 2017-09-28 20:21:14 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    I am a 30+ year veteran cycle commuter in Vancouver. I love what the city is doing in terms of bike infrastructure and my commute and recreational rides have improved immeasurably. I have cycled 2000 km already this year, in the first 9 months.


    However, I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway. I was on that route last week for a shopping trip to Kits/ Point Grey from my home on the East side. It’s a terribly unsafe segment, with so many potential conflicts with cars and pedestrians.


    The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot. People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.
  • Ashra Kolhatkar
    commented 2017-09-28 15:20:35 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.


    The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot. People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.


    Regards,


    Ashra Kolhatkar
  • Mark Ellis
    commented 2017-09-28 14:15:50 -0700
    I’ve recently ridden from Stanley Park to UBC a couple times with my six year old on his own bike. Without the bike infrastructure changes that have been made over the past decade or so, making a trip with a child that age would be inconceivable. However, there are still some scary sections that involve exposure to motor vehicles through Kits Point and the parking lot at Kits Beach. It would be great to see some physical separation of bikes and cars in this area.


    Thank you for your consideration of this and keep up the improvements.

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