Commercial Drive Bike Lane Plan Attracts Mixed Reviews in Vancouver

A cyclist along a downtown Vancouver bike lane. Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

A cyclist along a downtown Vancouver bike lane. Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Will a new bike lane be good for Vancouver’s Commercial Drive? Well, that depends whom you ask.

Late last year, the city proposed a dedicated bike lane along the busy East Vancouver strip, part of a larger plan to add a dozen new bike lanes to the city over the next five years. Behind the push: a dramatic increase in the number of bike trips across Vancouver, which jumped by 16 percent last year alone.

A newly released study, however, suggests that a Commercial Drive bike lane is not without controversy.  84 percent of business and property owners surveyed do not support a separated bike lane on the Drive, according to the Commercial Drive Business Society. And 85 percent are concerned about losing parking on the street to make way for bike access.  Continue reading:
Commercial Drive Bike Lane Plan Attracts Mixed Reviews in Vancouver

Missing Link for Vancouver Cyclists: Point Grey Bike Lane Goes to Vote

Photo credit: Elaine Christian | Flickr

Photo credit: Elaine Christian | Flickr

When it comes to seaside biking, cyclists in Vancouver are spoiled silly.  You can pick up the 22-kilometre seawall just outside the Convention Centre and circumnavigate almost all of downtown without ever going into traffic.

Cyclists can pedal the seawall along Coal Harbour and around Stanley Park, past English Bay and into False Creek, back out to Olympic Village and Granville Island and all the way to Kitsilano Beach.

Courtesy of City of Vancouver

Courtesy of City of Vancouver

But that’s where things get a little tricky.  After Kits Beach, the seawall ends and bikes are diverted back into traffic along Point Grey.  The official route detours bikes along West 3rd Avenue.  But many cyclists skip the bike route altogether and take busy Point Grey Road instead, which has had 51 bike accidents in the last four years.  After that stretch, a seaside bike path picks up again along Jericho Beach and continues as far west as Spanish Banks. Continue reading:
Missing Link for Vancouver Cyclists: Point Grey Bike Lane Goes to Vote