Er, looks like the fix was in for the Dunsmuir decision. No matter, just apologize
Crack CKNW City Hall reporter Janet Brown had an interesting report yesterday. She heard from Charles Gauthier of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, who found out that new bike traffic signals were already being installed on the Dunsmuir Viaduct. But here's the catch, the city council meeting on approval happens TODAY!
Apparently the "trial" run is more of a fait accompli. Here's CKNW's report:
"It was all a big mistake."
That's according to the City of Vancouver after crews started installing traffic signals for cyclists along Dunsmuir even before council made a decision on dedicated bike lanes for the route. Assistant City Engineer of Transportation Jerry Dobrovolny says crews made an error by starting to install the cycling signals.
The work was stopped when the city received a call from the Executive Director of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Charles Gauthier who wasn't impressed.
"It confirms that decisions are made in advance you really can't change things," Gauthier said. A public hearing was held last month but Dobrovolny insists no decisions have been made.
The issue goes to council on Thursday.
We know the Vision folks are not much on including the public in decision-making, but this is certainly a pretty bold example of how this government works. It may in the end be a fine idea, but you'd think that those impacted by it might want to get a few words in before you start hooking up the new traffic lights.
The council meeting on this decision happens this morning.
- post by Mike