This past weekend, I decided to take a quick ride over to Jericho from the West End, just to see what was happening with the Folk Festival.
Along the way, I found several long-standing examples of the City of Vancouver’s Park Board indifference to cycling. (I know the commissioners would disagree, but the lack of action over so many years, regardless of all the plans, consultations and rhetoric, speak otherwise.)
For instance the path pictured above, just to the west of the Aquatic Centre, connecting Beach Avenue with the Seaside Greenway —narrow asphalt and worn grass — is ambiguous, inadequate and unsafe. If it were under the jurisdiction of the City’s engineering department, it would likely have been rectified by now (it’s been this way for decades).
But it’s Park Board territory — and another example of their attitude: #wedontcare.
The bike parking at Kits Pool, inadequate though it may be, isn’t even serviced by a bike path. I doubt the Park Board even sees the contradiction because, when it comes to connecting routes, #wedontcare.
Nothing sums up the Park Board #wedontcare attitude as well as the Point Grey Greenway, right where it meets Jericho Park. On one side of the sidewalk: a solid, signed and separated surface.
On the other: loose gravel and … well, good luck, folks. ‘Too controversial, so we don’t intend to do anything about it.’
Knowing from 40 years of experience that the Folk Festival would generate conflicts among park users, what has been the hands-on effort by the Park Board to handle the flows? As near as we can tell, not a thing. Not an alternative, not even signage — unlike when City staff must manage large events. They, at least, place signs where they will be seen and have a realistic chance of being observed.
The Park Board? Well, you know: #wedontcare.
While we’re at it, a couple of questions: Would any candidate for civic government in Vancouver propose opening up Point Grey Road?
Because, after all, the traffic congestion is, as predicted, simply intolerable.
More specifically to Park Board candidates, are you prepared to say this: “I believe cycling is a recreational activity that should be encouraged in parks, and I will endeavour to provide connected routes consistent with the standards the City has established for all ages and abilities.” ?
Or, in absence of comment, do you prefer the default Park Board position: #wedontcare.