CTV News talked to businesses and residents regarding the City's bike route blitzkreig
There's no question that when it comes to cycling routes, Vision Vancouver has set out a very determined agenda. And in order to blunt opposition from critics they are effectively mobilizing outspoken members of the bike lobby to push back for them. The result is that if you are a home owner or a business who might be caught off guard when a work crew is dropping a new traffic barrier on your block, you don't stand a chance of getting your concerns heard.
While I'm not surprised that Vision aren't consulting with the public, I am taken aback by the aggressiveness of this campaign. Bikes are supposed to be a feel-good story about health and the environment. Somehow the Vision city council have turned this into an us-and-them standoff, with residents on some bike routes and several small businesses appalled by the arrogance they're seeing on this issue from City Hall.
On Friday morning's "Moment with Mike" on Shore 104.3 FM I weigh in on the impact this is having on once proud shopping districts like Seymour Street. Check out Steve and Colleen's show on one of the best new radio stations in Vancouver, and listen for my report at 8:10am.
As for the "pilot project" of putting a permanent concrete barrier down Dunsmuir before telling the public about it, well, that doesn't seem like much of a pilot. Just as with the street food carts, it's appears to be more than just a trial balloon. Someone might want to remind Vision that even good policy will turn off the public if those governing are seen to be arrogant. Just look at what happened with the HST.
I'm sure others will notice that City Engineer Jerry Dobrovolny is now spouting Vision's mantra of becoming the greenest city in Lisa Rossington's excellent CTV story. Just how many now at the Hall are drinking from the Happy Planet fountain?
- post by Mike