A copy of the following letter was sent to the North Terrace BUG mailing list today, however I think it would be of interest to many at AC, so I have reposted here with the authors consent.
After one too many hair raising rides south along Pulteney St at dusk, I have decided to hang up my flourescent jacket. I don’t want to be the cyclist who will eventually die on that race track. Negotiating the ride between the the angry cars and buses and the parked cars with their potential to fling open a door is too much.
I am writing to you because I DO have great hopes that your vision for our city could deal with this problem. I have copied it to the North Terrace BUG ( Bicycle User Group) because they know how MANY cyclists use that route. Most of them are younger and faster than I am. That is the heart of the issue. If only fearless and speedy cyclists feel safe on our city streets then all the people who WOULD ride are never seen and never counted.
As a hopeful kind of person I like to think that one day I’ll get back on the bike. I’ve been commuting whenever possible since the age of 9 and want to continue. What plans are there for improving cycle safety in the CBD in general and Pulteney St in particular? Are you aware of the dedicated lanes, separate from traffic and parked cars that have been built in the hilly, wet, cold city of Vancouver? Surely we can do better?
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If she felt unsafe riding on Pultney St why was she riding there? She needs to find an alternative route where she feels safer.
I used to regularly ride from Nth Terrace to South Terrace without going on any of the main North-South streets. You may have to travel a bit further and wait to cross some streets but it is possible.
Lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h in the whole CBD and removing parking along various streets is not financially expensive. It might be politically expensive of course but if we want to increase the percentage of cyclists to Danish or Dutch levels politicians are going to have make some decisions that are unpopular with your average lycra hating Advertiser reader.
Rather than lowering the speed limit to 40km/h across the CBD, maybe a smarter option may be to have some targeted traffic calming areas such as the Pultney st stretch between North Terrace and Pire St where the limit is set right down to say 25km/h and no parking allowed. The idea being to provide a relatively safe corridors for cyclists to get across town while the leaving the higher 50km speed limit on other routes to encourage motorists to use those instead.