Vancouver realtor wants to "unblock the bridge"

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Erin Chutter reports a new grassroots campaign relating to the Burrard Bridge lane experiment...

Keith Roy, a Vancouver realtor, launched a new site today aimed at providing a conduit to aggrieved taxpayers right into City Hall – particularly around the wastage of tax dollars associated with the Burrard Bridge bike lanes. His site: www.unblockthebridge.com provides a form to fill in that gets automatically sent to councillors and the Mayor. It is set up for taxi drivers, delivery folks and just regular drivers to vent their frustrations on the wasted money on two lanes for bikes.

Keith pointed out in a quick chat with me this morning that launching the lane during the lowest traffic season isn’t a good reflection of the success or failure. He also suggested that one dedicated bike lane would be fine, but two on Burrard might be over the top.

"The bike lane trial is a perfect example of Gregor Robertson putting ideology over people," Keith told me. "Closing a lane of traffic on a major downtown artery is not the answer to solving congestion in our city. The mayor is creating more problems then he is solving."

"I'm sure people will be thinking about their 8% property tax hike while they are sitting in traffic. This is an absolute waste of money."

Check out www.unblockthebridge.com – and expect the traffic to soar once September hits.

Note: Keith Roy ran as an NPA Park Board nominee and as well began the "Enough is Enough" campaign in response to gang violence

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Same Keith Roy who ran for NPA's nomination for Park Board and then quit partway through? Big surprise he's against the Vision's plan.

Reading your article, one would be forgiven for thinking that Keith Roy is just a regular citizen, with no affiliations.

You fail to mention that he is an NPA member, who at some point last year stood for the NPA Park Board nomination.

http://web.mac.com/keithroy1/Site/Home.html


Its the end of the world when Vision rallies the troops but its completely fine to give stage to NPA base?

Keith's background in public issues is indeed worth mentioning so we've updated Erin's post.

WELL DONE KEITH! I am printing up bumper stickers to put onto every commercial truck in our fleet. We are tired of being treated as "bad people" when the cyclists are the ones who benefit form our trucks services (produce, dairy, dry goods)

It's a lane Otto. And I don't think you're bad.
But I'd love one of those stickers for my bike.

I now have a large amount of traffic using my street as a result of the bike lane. Are you kidding me that this is helping reduce traffic? Not on my street! The only thing this idiotic idea will reduce is the amount of tax I plan to pay to bubble boy and his pals.

when are people going to stop discriminating against cyclists?

it's a valid form of transportation, cyclists have the same rights as vehicles on the road and cyclists pay the same taxes for less infrastructure than motorists. all they ask is safe passage.

thanks for considering it "wasted money" when spent on cyclists, but necessary money when used to upgrade roads for automobiles.

Total BS.
Another dinosaur makes a website.

He has also got his information wrong. There are 70,000 vehicles and 5,000 bicycles crossing the bridge per day. He also forgot to mention that most of the 2,500 pedestrians are enjoying not having cyclists on the sidewalk.

Anyway, the bridge is safer for everyone, that is what is really important. Even if you don't care about others lives, reducing accidents reduces long unpredictable traffic delays.

I enjoyed using the unblock the bridge email form to send Council a note of support.

I'm curious as to where they get the "5000" cyclists a day figure from. I spent the last 24 hours looking at the KatCam that overlooks the bridge and counting cyclists. NO WHERE near 5000, more like 1200 tops.

Bravo!

Here is the same jock Keith Roy, yapping about the importance of hiring full time real-estate agents and not "guys" that work part time as bartenders:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJl1HPNvl28&feature=player_profilepage

Interesting to watch this, given that Roy ran for NPA park board nomination and is also a busy political activist. So much for a full time realtor, Keith!

The katkam takes a shot every 5 minutes. It might take a cyclist 1 minute (at most - 30s is more likely) to pass through the field of view. Since it is not video, lots of things get missed in those 300 seconds between shots. Hardly reliable.

If you felt your cyclist count was accurate, tell me, did you count 70,000 vehicles?

"I'm curious as to where they get the "5000" cyclists a day figure from. I spent the last 24 hours looking at the KatCam that overlooks the bridge and counting cyclists. NO WHERE near 5000, more like 1200 tops."

Wow, that would take a lot of time!

KatCam takes a picture every five minutes so say it takes a cyclist a minute to cross the area in the picture so that is 5 times 1200 which equals 6,000.

5,000 is the count from the City of Vancouver in June. The number is probably closer to 6.000.

This Keith fella sounds like a troglodyte.

Ohh, and it's only ONE lane that the whiny cagers lost to lawful-right-to-the-road cyclists.

"He also forgot to mention that most of the 2,500 pedestrians are enjoying not having cyclists on the sidewalk."

It's now November, it's been around for months and months, and I STILL see bikes on the sidewalks! Sometimes riding within an inch of me. So the bike lane is a success and used properly? No it isn't.

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