A new brewpub in the old Fish House has opened in Stanley Park, next to the main tennis courts:
Isn’t the bike on the logo, front and centre, a nice touch? It’s what you’d expect for a destination away from any major road, in a park, for an active, outdoorsy culture.
So how do you cycle to Stanley Park Brewing?
Officially, you don’t. Go to the website for the brewpub, and here’s what you find:
You can drive (there are two nearby parking lots and street parking) or you can walk (there are four paths). But for cycling, you’re on your own.
So let’s go to Google. If you’re coming from the West End, here’s the recommended cycling route:
Here’s what it actually looks like:
No signs, no separation, no markings, no logos. Just conflict with the pedestrians, who will likely give you a dirty look.
If you’re coming from the seawall, there is a sign that tells you there’s a brewpub nearby:
Again, no further signage, no map, no directions. So you gotta go to Google …
… which directs you here …
… in conflict with the lawn bowlers, who will no doubt complain about cyclists on the sidewalks after we’ve given them all those expensive bike routes.
Okay, it’s a small issue about which I am making a big deal. And that’s because it’s a manifestation of how an unofficial cycling policy of “To, Not Through” has worked its way down the staff hierarchy.
I have no doubt there was considerable work and discussion on how the brewpub would handle an increase in parking demand – but nothing much was done on cycling (two more bike racks, it looks like).
I suspect staff, without clear political direction, just wants to avoid making trade-offs, in fear it might upset regular users, which might then upset the commissioners, three of whom are Green. (Sorry, I mean ‘Green’.)
But here’s what’s nuts: It’s bad for business.
The cycling racks, some distance from the front entrance, are often overloaded:
Everyone a customer. A cyclist on the seawall, passing by a sign with no directions, potentially a customer. Soon, e-bikes and e-scooters – customers all.
And not overtly welcome in Stanley Park.