Durning picked this feature by Chris Bruntlett in the Brisbane Times:
Bike city, great city: How Vancouver can inspire a better Perth
In 2008, when Vancouver’s newly elected mayor proposed taking out a general traffic lane of a busy city bridge and replacing it with a protected bike lane, some pundits predicted it would be the end, not just the beginning, of his political career.
Television helicopters were sent to capture the impending “carmaggedon”. A prominent business leader declared it would “choke the lifeblood out of the downtown”.
Not only did everything turn out fine, but Burrard Bridge — which now sees more than a million bike crossings per year — proved to be the first piece in a robust network of AAA (“all ages and abilities”) infrastructure that has transformed Vancouver for the better. A decade later, cycling is the fastest growing mode of transport in Vancouver — up 300 per cent in that period. Today, 10 per cent of Vancouver residents bike to work.
The most striking changes, however, have been qualitative. …
As of last year, 50 per cent of trips in the City of Vancouver are made by active means (foot, bike, or public transport). The target came a full three years ahead of schedule, with a goal to reach two-thirds by 2030.
Vancouver has many similarities to Perth (and most cities in Canada, the US and Australia) having long followed the pattern of sprawling suburbs and car-oriented street design.
The experience of Vancouver, however, shows that change is not only possible, it’s preferable.
Vancouver proves that cities that work better for walking and biking, also work better for living: streets become safer and less congested, expanded transport options give people more choice and promote greater independence for children, for seniors and everyone in between.