1. I have lots of complaints about Vancouver’s bike infrastructure, but in general I recognize that the politicians have to make trade-offs and city staff do their best to mitigate.
    The Kits beach route on the other hand is an utter embarrassment. Making kids bike through a parking lot because the idea of a paved path between a parking lot, tennis courts and basketball courts is an affront to certain peoples’ sensibilities is shameful.

  2. The progress on a new paved path through the park was driven over the past few years by HUB Cycling, and the Kits Point Residents Association. The KPRA were supporting the proposal, as was HUB.
    For now, we are left riding on the old waterfront path (which is not paved, is narrow, and at times is very congested along the beach) or travelling through an unsafe parking lot. An embarrassment for Vancouver.
    The vote and motion last night wasn’t to build a bike path or not, it was to allow park board staff to work on developing designs (and cost estimates) to bring back to the PB Commissioners, and take to a full public engagement. The decision to not even vote on that means that we will spin, and as one commissioner put it, they just punted it to the next set of park board commissioners next year. Park Board staff don’t have the resources to design cycling facilities, and City transportation engineering staff, who do, but who aren’t responsible for work inside parks, are on the outside looking in.
    What this really highlights is the dysfunction of Vancouver having the only separately elected park board in Canada. The authority isn’t aligned with the skills and resources. That means that PB commissioners need to send clear instructions to their staff, and formally request assistance from City transportation engineers, to move this project forward. It seems from the meetings many of us attended that City engineers would be pleased to assist, but they need an invitation.
    Last night the commissioners decided not to have an opinion on all this. It was also interesting to watch one commissioner use a procedural move to end debate, and call a snap vote, when other commissioners wanted to speak.

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