Let’s just say it (because the Park Board doesn’t want to have to): Its de facto policy towards cycling is ‘To, Not Through’. ‘We’ll accommodate bikes going to our facilities, but we don’t want to build cycling routes to enable them to cycle through our parks on the way to somewhere else or to reach key destinations in our parks.”
Hence: no separate cycling paths through Kits or Jericho parks. Let the City build bikeways around them.
They don’t even want to accommodate cyclists going to their facilities if they can avoid it.
Like this one:
This is Kitsilano Pool. It has about a half dozen asphalt paths leading to its entrance. This is what they look like if you’re on a bike:
Or counting the little no-bike logos from space:
The paths all lead here:
Just don’t cycle there.
It would be understandable that cycling might be prohibited on some paths – if there were other designated routes, clearly marked, and safely designed. But there aren’t.
Here’s the southern path parallel to Cornwall, presumably meant to handle cycling on the Seaside route without sending the eight- to eighty-year-olds on the busy lanes next to tight parking adjacent to the park.
No logos, no signs, no separation. ‘No, we don’t want you in our park.’
I keep wondering how the Board of Parks and Recreation gets away with this, especially when their VanPlay and capital plans have no priorities for cycling of any significance.
It could get worse. NPA commissioner John Coupar quickly jumped on the release of a call for interest in revitalizing the stretch of waterfront from Stanley Park to the Burrard Bridge, with what could be another little dog whistle.
(Coupar) said revitalizing the entire waterfront stretch has not been considered by the board, which has jurisdiction over the area.
“It’s definitely a shift,” he said. “On a lot of levels, it’s concerning, and I hope my fellow commissioners feel the same way and join me in hitting pause.” …
“We need to make sure projects are reflective of the priorities of the new park board and the new council,” he said.
Like, say, removing Seaside from the park itself and replacing it with grass. Let the City try to figure out a replacement on Beach and Pacific. Parks mean grass; they don’t mean bike paths.
A tad paranoid? Nothing that the inactions and delays of the board itself haven’t demonstrated, a board for whom ‘recreation’ doesn’t really include cycling.