Hornby Bike Lane Open!
Vancouver can now proudly say we have two major separated bike routes in our Downtown core! Check out a video of the new route...
Well, here it is!!
It's DEFINITELY a heck of a lot better than what we had before - I don't think I ever would have really considered riding Hornby prior to the new lane. Something else I can't help but notice on this video - all these alleged "businesses" along Hornby don't really seem to exist! I don't see much there at all in the way of walk-in businesses along either side, and really the east side is almost barren. Seems to me to be more office buildings and other things that you would almost never expect to park out front of. Strange how so much fuss can be brought up over so little.
The new signals are going to take some getting used to both for drivers and for cyclists. It's a bit hard to tell from the video, but there's a couple of intersections where there is a right turn light for cars while cyclsts get a red, and then vice versa. This was done to keep right turners from rolling over cyclists while still allowing both modes of transport to use the street effectively. It's a common scenario in other cities (mostly Europe) but it really shows that bikes are being seen as something that actually deserves some road space, rather than just a nuisance to squeeze in wherever you feel like.
I haven't ridden the lane yet - honestly I don't ride in the downtown core all that much, and the alignment isn't particularly useful for me but I'm definitely going to give it a shot!! For all of you out there, if you CAN ride it, DO because there are bike counters all over the place. Vote bike!