Vancouver is a fantastic place to be a cyclist. Designated bike routes everywhere (I attended the opening celebrations for the newest one last weekend), and more considerate drivers than in Glasgow (although everything’s relative, and some of my fellow cyclists aren’t exactly helping, as Dr. J has already commented). The city has even gone to extraordinary lengths to keep my regular route open during the loooooooooooong light rail tunnel and station construction project on Cambie Street, as evidenced below:
The exact configuration of bollards, cones, signs and fences has seemed to change almost every week for two years, so you’re never exactly sure which way to go, but hey, it’s open! And you gotta admire their creativity in constantly finding novel ways around the new holes and other obstacles.
I actually stopped a few weeks ago to thank a member of the construction team for keeping the route open, and she was so touched that someone had actually taken the time to do this that I wanted to make my appreciation public!
- A trial bike-share programme
- A doubled cycling infrastructure budget
- Car free days on many Sundays (same link as above)
- Segregated bike lanes on the deathtrap that is the Burrard Bridge
- And, today, a proposal for a new pedestrian and bike bridge.
The only thing better than the actual improvements is the spluttering red-faced reaction of the many local NIMBY and anti-cyclist types (see comments on any of the CBC articles linked above).
I think I know who’s getting my vote in the next municipal election…