Your input on bike lanes please 2
September 09, 2010
Vancouver Board of Trade members' input on bike lanes continued...
Tue 07/09/2010 10:36 AM
Hello bike lanes in an aging demographic seem a little ridiculous, I believe we have to ask, how many will utilize these bike lanes, business will be impacted , fewer people visiting the businesses on Hornby what is the cost, and what are the pressing areas where the money would be better spent, I would welcome seeing low income housing, so we can get the homeless off the street.
Shirley Couture Corporate Gifts Inc
Tue 07/09/2010 10:38 AM
Dear Jason, I am glad you asked for my opinion about the Hornby Bike Lane project. I am a year-round bike commuter and ever since I have lived in Vancouver, I was surprised of the lack of possibility for bike-users to actually get into downtown. The opening of the Dunsmuir viaduct was a mini-revolution for me since I no longer needed to take the SkyTrain to get to Burrard, for example. Splitting the road on Hornby won't be as useful for me, as the traffic is less dense on the SW-NE streets as it is on the SE-NW streets. But I would still consider it a good news and an advancement for bicycle usage in Vancouver.
Yours truly, Fred Collay
Tue 07/09/2010 10:40 AM
Hello Jason, I support the proposed bike lane on Hornby and more bike lanes throughout the city. There is an urgent need to wean society off carbon based energies and these bike lanes are a simple and inexpensive way to promote alternatives to the use of automobiles within the city centre. The more the better, no matter how inconvenient they might seem to car comuters, besides, riding is good for you and fun and we know Vancouver is all about fun!
Regards, Craig Sibley
Tue 07/09/2010 10:43 AM
Dear Chairman, I will start by saying I am not opposed to bike lanes and have a bike myself. I am opposed to the process that is being used to put the bike lanes in place lately. Bikes are green and good for the city and environment, however by forcing them without proper consultation with business turns people against bikes. Already I see much more traffic infractions downtown committed by bikes than cars and how the City is handling bike lanes is polarizing people against bikes even more. If we truly want to see a city where bikes and cars co-exist with synergy, we need to balance business interests and the benefits bikes bring to a city. The way the City is handling them now they are polarizing business and motorists against bikes, perhaps that is what they want. Good leadership would have them all co-existing with each other.
John B. Rai Buyer, Ferrous Metals Richmond Steel Recycling
Tue 07/09/2010 10:56 AM
Without any doubt, we all care about the safety of the bikers and what biking contributes to the environment. But there are some questions to be raised here: How many from the thousands of people who work downtown actually go to work on a bike? Also, what will happen to the businesses on Hornby Street when it will be impossible to park next to them? I think that the idea will have way more negative impacts than positive ones.
Moe Sami Director, Sales & Business Development Panabo Sales Ltd.
Tue 07/09/2010 10:50 AM
Ridiculous - complete waste of tax payer dollars!! Marina Newson BA, CIM Portfolio Manager, Investement Advisor Tue 07/09/2010 10:54 AM Hornby is an important arterial route through the Vancouver core. It already has dedicate demarcated a bike lane that is working well. Where is the evidence that it is not? We have grid lock on Burrard, Hornby, and Seymour at many hours of the business day. Please do NOT put more stress on these streets without building the business case for it. The Mayor's pet projects are taking their toll.....
Dean Mailey President, Fusion Communications Group Inc.
Tue 07/09/2010 10:54 AM
Yes I strongly support bike lanes on all downtown streets. It is vital that all citizens of Vancouver feel safe when they make the decision to ride a bike for work or play. Creating bike lanes also helps us lower our individual carbon footprint and collectively achieve our greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Sincerely, Paul Harding Stewart
Tue 07/09/2010 10:55 AM
My business is on hornby and I will be directly affected by this. There is already a bike lane here and is almost never used. Further, the cyclists just ride wherever they want anyways (road, sidewalks). It is a waste of taxpayers money (in two ways – cost money to build and the city loses parking revenue). I am not against bike lanes in general, but it is not right to proceed with them regardless of the consequences – motorists and businesses should not just be ignored.
Tue 07/09/2010 10:55 AM
I cycle to my office in Bentall 5 from West Vancouver almost daily and have done for over 8 years. However, I find the seperated bike lane on Dunsmuir to be excessive. On the rare occasions that I do drive to work, I find it almost impossible to access the Bentall 5 parkade on Hornby Street due to right turn restrictions from Dunsmuir onto Hornby imposed by the bike lane and existing left turn restrictions from Georgia into Hornby. I fear that a bike lane on Hornby will simply exacerbate this situation. While I am strongly in favour of encouraging more bike riding, I think that the City of Vancouver has gone too far in penalising vehicles. I fear this will increase the level of frustration of car drivers and lead to more rather than fewer incidents between cyclists and vehicles.
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