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Vancouver considers more bike lanes
Published Thursday, May 6, 2010 7:29AM PDT
With many cyclists complaining about the biking conditions in downtown Vancouver, city council is looking into making the city more biker friendly with additional bike lanes.
A 10-year plan set to be considered Thursday night proposes connecting the Canada Line Bridge to Richmond to the nearby bikeways, separating bike lanes from roads downtown, and implementing a bikeway on 45th Avenue.
"I'm usually getting around on my bike and there's always a safety concern in the back of my mind," downtown cyclist Sara Mir told ctvbc.ca. "So I'm all for anything that'll make it easier on us bikers."
The plan also proposes building a Comox-Helmcken bicycle facility and extending the North Arm Trail cycling path from the Fraser River Trail to Boundary Road.
Making the city more cycle-friendly has an estimated price tag of about $15.7 million, parts of which had already been approved by council in the past.
"It can always be better, but the price tag seems kind of steep," another downtown cyclist Laura Granger said.
But Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs told ctvbc.ca the budget isn't calling for taxpayers to hand over anything.
He said the funds for this plan have been pulled from various budgets and capital funds.
The proposal also suggests using about $7-million of unallocated funds from the previous Greenways and Bicycle Network program.
Meggs, who was hit by a car while cycling in March and suffered two spinal injuries, said that cyclists don't always feel safe in Vancouver.
"The feeling of safety will be good for everyone," he said.
Metro Vancouver's overall cycling transportation use stands at 3.7 per cent, with the lowest use in neighborhoods in the south and east of the Lower Mainland and the most in Vancouver's downtown core.
"There are environmental benefits and we're always going to need an efficient system of transportation," Meggs said.