The issue that will not die.
Dan Fumano, in a dissection of the social-media manager for Coalition Vancouver, quotes Gary Bizzo:
Asked why he was getting involved with the Vancouver mayoral race when he lives in Burnaby, Bizzo said: “It affects everybody, doesn’t it? I have offices downtown and this bikelane stuff is driving me crazy.”
Well, of course they don’t drive most people crazy, as a couple of elections proved. And they don’t cause congestion – because if they did, boy, would we know it. First, drivers would experience it. Then there would be data. But above all, the media would relentlessly pound that story, with endlessly looped video for illustration.
(The story, arguably, is ‘why didn’t the bikelanes cause congestion?’ It was expected that by removing lanes from major roads and bridges, the result world be (doom music here) carmageddon. Didn’t happen. Not news. No reports.)
And yet the craziness continues, notably among those like Bizzo who don’t live in Vancouver – along with the supposition that there is a war on the car. (Vancouver Magazine asked “Is There an ‘Ideological War on Transportation’ in Vancouver?” Answer: Nope.)
But of course that’s a matter of perspective: