I’m lucky to live in close proximity to so many great running routes. I’m minutes away from Vancouver’s Seawall, where I can run for hours without having to stop for a single traffic light. Vancouver’s greenways and bike routes are also great, traffic-calmed running routes.
My favourite places to run
– Seawall, around False Creek, Kitsilano Beach, and Stanley Park
– Central Valley Greenway, occasionally as far as New Westminster
– Point Grey Road, a joy with the new traffic calming
– Ontario and Heather bikeways up to Queen Elizabeth Park
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I’m a motorist. I have a driver’s license and I occasionally drive a motor vehicle.
Obviously I have nothing against people driving cars in Vancouver. I fully support car roads. I’m just against cars using the roads that I want to ride my bike on. There’s a major arterial 5 blocks away. Why can’t cars stay on that street?
The few motorists I see using my local street are always breaking the law. They speed, they roll through stop signs, and they talk on their cellphone. Until they learn to follow the rules, we shouldn’t be building any more roads.
I’m worried that adding more cars to my local street will decrease the price of my million dollar home. Who will want to live here when the street is clogged with noisy, smelly vehicles? Worse, when traffic shifts from neighbouring streets to my street, it will probably increase the price of someone else’s million dollar home. It’s not fair.
City Council is putting in streets, roads, and alleys without proper consultation. I went to 5 meetings where I yelled at the traffic engineers. They obviously didn’t listen. The process is flawed, which is why I suggest we delay any action until we come up with a plan that is unanimously supported. If it takes forever, great. I lied when I said I supported roads for motorists anyway.
Photo by Brent Granby.
The City of Vancouver is collecting feedback on improvements to Cornwall and Point Grey Road in Kitsilano. The possibility of a new separated bike lane has garnered most of the attention in the media so far, but opportunities to improve the pedestrian experience are also important. I bike and run that route a lot and the lack of sidewalk space is just as concerning to me as the harrowing traffic when I’m cycling. The Running Room has been pushing its members to give feedback, so this isn’t just about cyclists.
If you want to offer feedback, there are two more open houses: January 31, 7-9pm at Queen Mary Elementary School and February 2, 10am-2pm at Kitsilano Community Centre. You can also fill out an online survey.
There’s a few competing ideas the city is considering. The more interesting ones include a realignment of the intersection at Burrard and Cornwall that will make it easier for pedestrians to cross the street. There’s a potential separated bike lane along Cornwall (the scariest section to bike), which could be the first separated bike lane outside of downtown. And farther west, along Point Grey Road, one idea is to expand two parks across the street creating road closures that will limit traffic to locals and cyclists.