As Vancouver’s 2018 civic election gets closer (October 20), mayoral candidate Wai Young has sounded off with policy positions on a major city responsibility: transportation.
And it’s drawn a few caustic responses. Here’s one, from Charlie Smith in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight.
Memo to Wai Young: Bike lanes save lives—and crackpot transportation policies jeopardize the economy.
As more people make the same choice as I did—to cycle rather than drive—this facilitates the movement of goods and services around the city. It makes the roads less cluttered, which means less traffic congestion and less air pollution.
But there’s a new mayoral candidate who doesn’t like separated bike lanes.
Wai Young wants to stop developing new bike lanes so that people like me make the choice to drive rather than cycle. . .
She wants people like me in my car, where I will be more of a menace to pedestrians and other cyclists.
The upshot of this approach is a city with more emissions, slower-moving traffic, and more deaths on the roads.
That’s not going to help the economy.
I can hardly wait for Ms. Young’s upcoming housing policy, sure to be as clearly thought out. This from a mayoral candidate who told CBC’s Stephen Quinn this morning that bike lanes were the number one concern in Vancouver, according to her followers.