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Column: Chaos! Mayhem! The End of The World As We Know It! Would That Be Such A Bad Thing?

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The Vancouver Sun’s columnist Pete McMartin deals with the Burrard Bridge bike lane experiment.

Like me he lives in the suburbs and drives mostly. And the conclusions he reaches – as a suburban driver – are a refreshing change from all the fulmination and rage we have heard against this idea. I really have nothing to add – I have written more than enough about the Burrard Bridge. Please, go read what Pete has to say. And enjoy the sunshine today.

Written by Stephen Rees

July 11, 2009 at 9:40 am

Posted in congestion, cycling

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  1. Good for Pete..but some of the comments on the Sun website were spiteful, close to hateful. I was in Kits this afternoon and saw many more bikes than usual on Cornwall..

    Red frog

    July 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm

  2. There is so much hate for something that hasn’t reduced the vehicle capacity of the Kits to downtown segment one iota. The traffic lights at the ends of the bridge have significantly lower capacity than the bridge itself. They could widen the bridge to 12 lanes and, if the rest wasn’t changed, not a single car would get across any faster.

    Of course we can’t expect the general public, especially the self-proclaimed crème de la crème of the west side, to understand basic concepts or to care about anyone other than themselves. They should all be forced to do what Pete did, get out of their Audis, Hummers and Lexuses and walk somewhere that’s been designed to move cars instead of people.


    July 12, 2009 at 4:49 pm

  3. I’ve tried to document the changes on the Burrard Bridge over the last three days (with lots of pics)here –


    July 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm

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