Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Third Floor, City Hall
From the City of Vancouver:
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The Downtown YMCA is offering a Free day long cycling workshop. If that were not enough they are also offering lunch and prizes. The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about promoting cycling and outreach to newcomers and different ethnic groups, work together to increase ridership and a chance to network within the cycling community.
Where: Robert Lee YMCA
955 Burrard Street, family Development Centre, 5th floor.
When: Friday October 19, from 9 am to 4 pm
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From opening day on March 2, black vinyl ropes were often set up outside the restaurant directing patrons departing on foot straight into a busy two-way bike lane. But as of the past weekend, the ropes were relocated to contain customers to the pavement immediately in front of the restaurant and along the sidewalk parallel to the route used by cyclists. “We’re really happy to hear that. It looks like our letter has had some positive impact,” said Christine Ackermann with the West End Residents Association.
According to News 1130, “As the weather heats up, things could get ugly, according to Christine Ackerman with the West End Residents Association. She thinks Cactus Club patrons spilling out in front is dangerous to cyclists and rollerbladers.”.
Congestion and conflict has significantly increased on the Seaside Bike Route since the Cactus Club English Bay Bistro opened. This is disappointing as pedestrians, cyclists and skaters have just endured 16 months of disruption during the construction of the Bistro.
The congestion and conflict are a result of a number of factors including:
- The Cactus Club is directing their customers to line up and exit directly right onto the bike route instead of adjacent to the bike route. Customers are disoriented and often do not recognize they are crossing or walking on the bike route.
- The loading zone for the Cactus Club is a pull-out from Beach Avenue that is being misused as a valet and passenger drop-off zone. This creates safety issues for both motorists and passengers that are dropped off.
- Signage is poor and installed from the perspective of motorists. Signage needs to be installed from the perspective of pedestrians, cyclists and the Cactus Club customers that would include pavement treatment and signage.
The Cactus Club English Bay Bistro had clear direction from both the City and Park Board to mitigate any impacts to all users of the Seaside Bike Route. This direction included that the loading bay was not to be used for other purposes, in particular for a valet service.
The Development Permit Approval included a requirement for the Cactus Club to provide a Loading Management Plan that “should commit to use the approved loading so as to not impact traffic, pedestrians and cyclists and solely for it intended loading purpose” and that “the permit holder is to be responsible for all costs related to the installation of the lay-by and all costs related to any sidewalk and bikeway changes necessary for the lay-by installation.”
WERA suggests that the City direct the Cactus Club to honour the requirements associated with their Development Permit including:
- Realign the Bistro Beach Avenue entrance furniture to channel customers along the side of the building instead of directly into the Bike Path
- Cease using the loading bay for a valet service and to put out traffic cones during non-loading hours to prevent unauthorized passenger drop-offs.
The Park Board and City also needs to further review the signage to ensure it is directed at pedestrians and cyclists. In particular consideration should be given to pavement markings and signage that alert all users that this is a conflict zone. Current signage that designates the loading zone as a passenger zone should be removed to reflect the intention of the approved Development Permit.
The Seaside Bike route in the 1700 – 2000 blocks of Beach Ave will continue to be a source of conflict between pedestrians and cyclists with its current configuration. Perhaps an alternative solution might be to move the route onto the road as a separated two-way facility, but that is a different debate. The Cactus Club knew about the requirement to mitigate impacts to the Seaside Bike Route with the current configuration, including the intended use of the loading bay and they accepted these obligations. As such the Cactus Club should honour their obligations.
Read WERA’s letter to the City: English Bay Bistro – Park Board – May 2012
Also see Price Tags posting on this topic: Cactus Club bike path: More conflict by design
The Vancouver School Board has posted an article on its blog about Bikes.Community, the partnership between the YMCA, WERA, Gordon Neighbourhood House, PEDAL and three West End VSB schools: King George Secondary, and Lord Roberts and Elsie Roy Elementary.
The program gave students, both Canadian born and newcomers, the opportunity to build intercultural communication skills and gain leadership experience through working together to repair recycled bikes. Each participant was assigned a bike, which they will be able to keep.
For more about Bikes.Community, click here.
Happy New Year 2012!
Maybe you’ve resolved to get more involved in civic life?
If so, consider applying to volunteer on a city committee. The City opened the application process today.
A new committee this year is the Active Transportation Advisory Committee. This committee used to be called the Bicycle Advisory Committee, and will now have a greater focus on all active modes: walking, cycling, etc. Council asked staff to report back in 2012 on pedestrian safety & accessibility, so that makes this a great time to volunteer on this committee (if that’s your interest).
The deadline for applications is January 22nd.