It’s going to be a banner year for new and upgraded parks in Vancouver, according to this Courier article:
Except for one thing. See if you can find the word ‘cycling’ anywhere in there. (Let’s save you the time: you won’t.)
Or check out the design for the new park at Smithe and Richards:
See the bikes: two on the City sidewalk, one on the adjacent City bikelane. Given that this is a small park, that’s not too surprising – but it is indicative. When looking at the failure of the Board of Parks and Recreation to actually incorporate, improve or even acknowledge the woeful condition or absence of safe and sufficient cycling facilities, the conclusion is reinforced by their capital plan: the “new era of park and facilities development” as described by Tina Mack, manager of park development, includes pretty much everything except cycling. One gets the sense that the ‘Recreation’ in their name doesn’t involve anything with wheels (except the parking lots for the community centres).
This still stands as the Parks Board approach to cycling facilities: