From Green Party Park Board candidate Stuart Mackinnon in a previous post:
I don’t know why you chose to attack me Gord, rather than calling me and asking me this question directly. I’m not hard to find. Especially as the no net loss policy is City policy. But to answer your question, for the record: I am a recreational cyclist. I love to cycle around the Stanley Park seawall and English Bay bike paths. I love to cycle along the Fraser river foreshore in Riverfront Park, which is in my neighbourhood. I am grateful for the many separated bike paths in Vancouver.
As an elected Commissioner I would look at dedicated cycle paths through parks on a case by case basis. More people on bicycles and fewer people in cars is a goal I support. As far as I’m concerned bike lanes in parks are okay, depending on the location within the park.
Stuart Mackinnon on the record: “As far as I’m concerned bike lanes in parks are okay…” Thanks, Stuart – that’s all I wanted to hear. No attack, just pushing to get a position. And you’ve stated yours. Hope to hear from others.
[I appreciate Stuart (added a) qualification – “depending on the location ” – and that’s okay. Actually, there can be a lot of qualifications, as I noted in the first post: “… a better job of designing and building them? Hope so. Each case distinct? Sure. Consultation required? It’s essential.”
But a qualification first has to have statement to qualify- and that’s the important thing: “Bikes lanes are okay in parks.”]
That’s one Park Board candidate able to confirm (almost without qualification) that bikes lanes in parks are a good thing. Will others agree that this is something we need to have more of?
The reason I framed the question was a concern that many candidates hold a presumption of something inherently negative, even illegitimate, about bike lanes in parks. They’re internalizing the Hadden Precedent: a bike lane, unlike a tennis court or outdoor swimming pool, is something separate from the purpose of a park, different than other amenities that involve pavement, even more questionable than a parking lot!
That’s why we need clear statements by candidates that bike lanes are okay in parks. And so far, only one has said so.