The ‘golden age’ of active transportation development in Vancouver continues, with ongoing expansion of the downtown bike network now reaching Drake Street.
Despite what you may hear elsewhere, Drake isn’t very sexy, or even that interesting. But as the City suggests, Drake is actually essential to the concept of a complete network, because it connects where people are coming from, to where they want to go.
A fair number of people cycle beyond the protected cycling facilities on Drake Street, indicating…strong desire.
Currently, cycling volumes on Drake Street are highest between Burrard Street and Hornby Street, the only section with dedicated cycling facilities.
That “strong desire” is based on evidence of an average of 500 daily midweek bike trips in the summer, about 40% of the volume at the separated portion.
By focusing on the rest of Drake, one can infer that, not only is the ultimate goal to provide safe passage for those venturing between Burrard/Hornby and Richards, Homer, or to destinations like David Lam Park, but that more people could be drawn into downtown by bike in the first place, if only these connecting bits (like Drake) had dedicated facilities.
Here’s where the City needs your input — they’re seeking feedback on two different design options, plus ideas on how to support the activities of local businesses, organizations, and residents.
Tuesday, June 18
2pm to 6:45pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Can’t make the Open House? Give feedback online:
Drake Street Bike Lane Survey
To see the full scope of the Downtown Bike Network Expansion project to date, check out this summary page of progress since the original, 2015 council presentation.
By giving long overdue attention to lesser-known connector streets like Drake, City of Vancouver planning staff are doing the essential heavy lifting to help the city reach a golden state for active transportation.
Yes…what I’m saying is City staff are golden state warriors, thanks in part to Drake.