Rants: Complaints about Vancouver bike lanes
Why make it difficult?
Brilliant, brilliant. That’s all I can say about the new bike and walk lane from Stanley Park to False Creek. This route will pass two schools, Dr. Peter AIDS Centre and St Paul’s Hospital. There will be 20 cross streets along the way, plus one of the steepest hills in the West End, then go along Burrard Street before turning south across more busy roads. All this when two blocks away there is a level bike and seawall walk away from all the traffic and noise. Mr. Mayor, ride up the hill from Denman to Burrard and see how steep it is. I will go with you.
Put the brakes on Comox bike lane
When I asked one of the construction workers to what end the daytime parking facilities on Comox Street were being suspended until mid-February, he said that a bike lane was being put in. A bike lane? On Comox? Really? This is an under-used thoroughfare with bags of room for driving, parking, walking and cycling. Given that it is also pleasingly picturesque, any money being spent to “improve” it is surely a total waste… especially when you think of all the other more pressing uses to which it (the money) could be put in the city.
1:30am parking ticket
I hope that the by-law officer who gave me a ticket outside Waterfront Station at 1:30am on Friday morning is feeling pleased. In order to have a brief chat with my son before he went off to meet his girlfriend, I parked at a meter which I didn’t notice had a sign on it which read “Temporary Bus Zone”. I was presented me with a $50 ticket “as my engine wasn’t running.” I freely admit to breaking the law but, at 1:30 in the morning, with not a bus in sight, wouldn’t it have been good p.r. simply to a) let me know that if I stayed there any longer I’d get a ticket and b) give me a chance to move on?
Roger, West Ender
What you’re selling, I ain’t buying
Annoying telephone solicitors — why? Do you honestly believe that you if you phone me up, disturb my household that you’re going to sell me something over the telephone. Do you really honestly believe I’m going to bite? I really wish you would stop. Quit annoying us because it’s a pretty lousy sales pitch.