Mayor Robertson gets on one knee and pleads with supporters to call into the talk radio shows and write letters to the editor in support of the Burrard Bridge lane closure experiment
It doesn't get more blatant than this folks. An e-blast from Vision Vancouver sent out earlier today pleads with their supporters to go public with an endorsement of the upcoming Burrard Bridge lane closure plan (aka Gregor's Gridlock).
In a sign of Mayor Robertson's growing desperation on this file, he has revealed something political parties normally don't - their communications strategy. His email makes public their strategy of getting supporters to flood the talk shows and letter to the editor pages with glowing comments about how the lane closure idea is the best thing since sliced bread. Here is an excerpt from that email:
We're also encouraging people to call into radio talk shows and write to their newspapers in support of the Trial.
Everyone should remember this when they pick up their local paper or tune into the Bill Good Show or the CBC's Early Edition. The Mayor is also planning a big cyclists rally on the Burrard Bridge during Monday morning's rush hour:
Join your Vision Vancouver councillors, school trustees, park commissioners and supporters for a group cycle over the bridge on Monday, July 13, at 8:15 AM. We will be meeting at the north side of the Burrard Bridge (on the northeast corner of Burrard and Pacific), cycling over and then gather for a tea or coffee at Bean Around the World (1945 Cornwall Street).
We're not sure if the sight of hundreds of cyclists during the morning rush hour will actually have an impact on rush hour itself, but it's safe to say there will likely be a lot of rubberneckers who may cause the occasional fender bender or two.
It is interesting the Mayor and his supporters chose to have a protest rally of sorts during the morning rush hour when most commuters won't be as impacted by the closure. A real sign of leadership would have been to have held the rally during the evening rush hour when everyone heads southbound.
While we're on the topic of the Burrard Bridge lane closure, we can report the City's lacklustre communications department has finally issued a media release on the subject. The headline reads as follows:
Motorists should avoid Burrard Bridge this weekend
The City has issued this warning because there will be work crews on the bridge all weekend and a lane or two might be closed which is anticipated to cause major traffic gridlock. Hmmm. A few city work crews on the bridge on the weekend might cause traffic mayhem. Just imagine what might happen if they close a lane during rush hour mid-week.
The release also states:
From about 10 pm Friday evening until early Monday morning, crews will be installing barriers and signs across the bridge. This work will result in extensive lane closures and traffic disruptions. In addition, a charity run across the bridge on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 pm will cause traffic delays.
The Mayor better hope and pray that voters focus on his pie-in-the-sky tolled pedestrian/bicycle bridge being planned for land claimed by our First Nations peoples, rather than his Burrard Bridge lane closure experiment.
Stay tuned for the launch of GregorsGridlock.com.