Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Giving a car lane to bikes? Crazy as it sounds, the world will not come to an end.

It is always nice to hear about traffic engineers that aren't afraid to go out on a limb and try something new to help keep cyclists safer. This type of thing could work great on say, Stellhorn Rd. Take out half of the 16 foot wide turn lane perhaps.

Rod Mickleburgh

Vancouver — From Monday's Globe and Mail Published on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 11:07PM EST Last updated on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 2:55AM EST

Few can sniff pending disaster like the media, particularly if there might be pictures. So television, radio and notebook-wielding print reporters were in place early, primed to file up-to-the-minute dispatches on what would surely be the fiasco of the year.

This was July 13, Day One of the great bike-lane experiment on the busy Burrard Bridge. Pundits had been predicting chaos for days. TV choppers circled overhead, searching for the first trace of long lines of impatient motorists.

When suddenly, as the Monty Python skit put it, nothing happened. But for a brief snafu at one end of the bridge during the evening rush hour, pounced on by the news-starved media as manna from heaven, the day had all the drama of a golf course tap in.

Restricting one of the bridge's six lanes to bicycles worked right off the bat. Five and a half months later, it's still working.

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