Vancouver Cedar party revives debate over bike lanes
It may seem counterintuitive that adding a bike lane will reduce biker safety, but there is a strong argument that is what will happen [“ New party vows fewer bike lanes, democracy”, September 26–October 3]. By closing one of the main traffic arteries on the West Side of Vancouver, that traffic needs to go somewhere.
The majority of those cars will have to move to the closest major roads. West 4th Avenue is already a slow road with traffic problems. Some cars will move to West Broadway, though the traffic doesn’t flow much smoother there at the moment. A small percentage of the cars will move to West 12th, West 16th and King Edward Boulevard. There is only so far south that someone travelling downtown will divert from their previous trip along Cornwall Avenue.
This is why I foresee many motorists choosing West 3rd Avenue to avoid the traffic on West 4th. That’s because West 3rd is the widest lane north of West 4th. As well, many a car will head to West 8th Avenue to escape the traffic along West Broadway.
Both of these are heavily used bike lanes. The increase in cars on the bike lanes will endanger many cyclists. To allow for an increase in car traffic along these other bike lanes flies in the face of the safety argument used to push the Cornwall bike lane in the first place.
> Tao Phillips / Vancouver