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South West Marine Drive bike lane

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Posted to YouTube by my social media contact Anthony Floyd.

All summer long this stretch of road has been closed to traffic to allow for the reconstruction of an important water main (he says – I thought it was sewers). This has resulted in much frustration, as traffic diverted to 41st and King Edward avenues while the work went on. And my favourite route to get away from traffic on Granville Street (Arbutus/West Boulevard/Angus Dr) was closed so it took a lot longer to get to the Airport.

There isn’t any reason for me to use that bike lane, but I am glad it’s there. The video illustrates really well how a bike lane makes it faster for a bike over driving. Compared to other things I have seen I note that the amount of physical protection (New Jersey barriers) is minimal. I also note that there is no-one parked in the bike lane!

I also note that there is always someone who wants to ride faster than you, in any circumstance.

 

Written by Stephen Rees

September 7, 2017 at 8:50 pm

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  1. I used to ride on that bicycle lane for several years while I was working, and there were two problems with it. One was that building contractors working on the multi-decade building projects which are common on Marine Drive used to park in the bicycle lane, and the other was that film set vehicles used to park there too, with police protection even. Now when I drive down there I notice that nobody parks in the bicycle lane any more, not even the film set people. This is a good thing.

    The other problem was that heavy trucks working on said multi-decade building projects would leave mud in the bicycle lane, even in fine weather. But from the car I can’t tell whether that’s still a problem. I really liked the heavy trucks, though, because riding in the wake of a large vehicle gives you a considerable speed boost!

    Paul Clapham

    September 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm

  2. I’d really like to see some research on whether bike lanes with physical barriers accumulate more or less debris. My limited observations suggest that “crap” accumulates behind the barriers making riding a bike more and more unpleasant as time goes by. The barriers also prevent street cleaning equipment from dealing with the situation. I could be mistaken. I mostly take public transit these days so I rarely see bike lanes from either a saddle or driver’s seat.

    David

    September 13, 2017 at 9:45 pm


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