Kingsway bike lanes off Burnaby's radar
The mayor of Burnaby has confirmed that he and his council are “not looking at any bike lanes along Kingsway”.
“We haven't contemplated that,” Derek Corrigan told the Straight by phone. “We're trying as much as possible to separate bike lanes from traffic, and not to mix cars and bikes when we can avoid it.”
Long-time cycling activist Richard Campbell told the Straight on May 17 that he'd like to see Kingsway accommodate some kind of bicycle lane from Mount Pleasant in Vancouver to Edmonds SkyTrain Station in South Burnaby. He said it could be one separated lane in each direction or a two-way separated lane to one side, as seen on Hornby and Dunsmuir streets in downtown Vancouver.
“People use Kingsway because it's direct,” Campbell said at the time. Whether you're in a car or on a bike, it's a “nice and quick way” to get close to downtown, he explained.
With new road infrastructure in Burnaby, Corrigan said his staff are looking at increasing the capacity for bike lanes, but he said they “haven't been inclined to do retrofitting”.
“Essentially, anytime you retrofit, you're going to remove more lanes of traffic, which is going to cause us nothing but difficulties, either for people who want to park or for the amount of commuter traffic that we're pushing through our city on a daily basis,” Corrigan added.
Vancouver-based sustainable-transportation advocate and former Green Party council candidate Bev Ballantyne agreed: “Kingsway is a logical spot for bike lanes,” Ballan-tyne told the Straight by phone. “It cuts through the city in a distinct way.”