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  • Allan Jensen
    commented 2019-06-27 09:01:05 -0700
    Dear 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.


    Regards, Allan
  • Richard Campbell
    commented 2019-04-24 12:01:34 -0700
    Ness
  • Amy T.
    commented 2018-09-07 16:08:26 -0700
    I challenge you to ride your bikes around town for one week. I think that is all it will take for you to see how dangerous the streets are. We must take better care of cyclists.
  • Damir Horvat
    commented 2017-12-05 21:23:55 -0800
    You guys are so arrogant and out of touch. Did any of you did any kind of survey how many people will use lanes after you butcher our roads? Is just your wishful thinking are going to cost us 1 BILLION $ (I cannot believe this number).

    I carpool to work every day and you are making my life a living hell. I have to drive longer (for you idiots that means MORE POLLUTION you ARROGANT idiots !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cindy if you want bold move, go and shave your head and allow me to live a normal life.

    You will spend a BILLION $ on something that only couple of your assess will use. I pay taxes not to support idiots like yourself. I have potholes in our street and no repair, but BILLION $ for a small community like Saanich for handful of cyclists. Cannot believe. Will make sure I cast my ballot next time your sorry assess apply for public position.

    After Pandora street has been done, every morning going to work there are hundred of cars and handful of cyclists. But you do not care, do you? You want to do a ‘bold’ move.In a city where it rains 9 out 12 months … You do that on SIDE streets your morons, not on main arteries !!!!!!!!

    And I used rude language knowingly and it is my opinion of you.

    I feel so helpless against you people.
  • Alistair Barrett
    commented 2017-12-03 19:31:18 -0800
    Dear Mayor and council, I have seen over the years a spectacular boom in cycling by residents of this city. In an earlier generation cycling was the preserve of either the poor, who needed a bike to get around, or the athletically inclined who chose to ride a bike for sport or recreation. In 30 years I have seen this city transform into one where cyclists are no longer a curious sight on the roads but a powerful and growing presence in terms of sheer numbers, diversity and political clout. We are now glimpsing something that is common in cities all over Europe – people riding bikes for practical reasons. Not cyclists. Not people who define themselves by their mode of transportation. But people, riding from A to B, in regular clothes, because it is the most practical, cost effective and healthiest way to get around.


    This transformation of Vancouverites from predominantly car drivers into bike riders and transit users didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen in a vacuum. Many factors played a part – densification, environmental concerns, rising fuel costs – to name a few. They affected the uptake of cycling for sure but in limited ways. The principal driver for getting people cycling was the development of a network of designated bike routes that allowed bikers to traverse the city without the immense danger of traveling on major thoroughfares designed solely for automobile traffic.


    With the new bike routes a lot more adults began choosing cycling as a transportation option. However it wasn’t until safe, separated bike lanes began to appear, Dunsmuir, Hornby, Burrard, that we saw the really significant change. We began to see far more families out cycling together, parents and kids sharing a bike ride around the city, safe in their secure and sanctioned strip of pavement. It seemed as though riding a bike in the city was now a life skill that parents shared with their kids, the way they used to teach them how to drive.


    Because of the inherent dangers of riding alongside cars and trucks each generation has had to fight the same battles with their parents for the right to ride a bike, contributing massively to the low rates of cycling in North American cities. But with parents now willing to take their own kids out biking on city streets, this next generation are more likely to be bikers by nature. Cycling will be a normal choice for them, something encouraged by their parents and practiced by their peers.


    Bike lanes have been a tough sell in this town, and they continue to be so. I applaud the Mayor and council for braving the attacks of the less enlightened, of those who lack vision or who choose to live for immediate, personal satisfaction with little regard for our shared future on this shared planet. If we want to save our city from choking on its own exhaust fumes we need to continue building infrastructure that makes it safe and practical to use a bicycle for transportation.


    Please push ahead with your plans for new bike lanes, for Mobi expansion and for building a healthier city full of healthier people.


    Alistair Barrett
  • Richard Campbell
    commented 2016-11-11 19:44:01 -0800
  • Richard Campbell
    commented 2016-02-08 23:10:15 -0800
  • Moreno Zanotto
    commented 2015-12-05 16:35:23 -0800
  • Darrel Holubowich
    commented 2015-11-27 19:19:40 -0800
    It’s high time the city of Nanaimo start increasing investment in safer cycling/walking paths. The only way to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes or start walking is to build a real network of safe paths separate from close proximity to cars, not having a fragmented half-assed semi-network. I’m sure you’ve heard this all before but promoting walking/cycling makes for a healthier, more fit, cleaner environment for all. With our new fantastic Liberal government being proactive in building a more environmentally Canada, we should do our part, especially when the PM is promising billions in infrastructure spending.

    Thanks for listening.


    sincerely,

    Darrel Holubowich
  • Richard Campbell
    commented 2015-04-09 01:26:25 -0700
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    commented 2015-04-07 03:00:07 -0700
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    commented 2015-01-25 07:49:30 -0800
  • Richard Campbell
    commented 2014-11-13 01:28:29 -0800
    Send your message to them with your email application or Google webmail and share it with the BCCC:
  • Richard Campbell
    commented 2014-11-13 00:14:36 -0800
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