The Park Board is going to make better and safer use of the space it owns in Stanley Park:
Here’s the consequence:
Closing Stanley Park’s roads will reduce the daily number of people in the park and open up space for cyclists and pedestrians from the neighbourhood.
It won’t be just from “the neighbourhood.” Expect Vancouverites (and those from the North Shore) to use the bikeway and greenway network to access Stanley Park too. Indeed, recreational athletes already do.
Next step: the City can likewise reallocate road space to take pressure off the most popular (and too crowded) greenway paths.
Here’s a list of opportunities as compiled from Jeff Leigh with HUB Cycling.
- Beach from Thurlow to Stanley Park to relieve pressure on the seawall paths and to provide access to Stanley Park
- Nelson and Smithe from Richards to Thurlow to connect the West End To False Creek
- Cambie Bridge northbound to ease congestion on the MUP
- Quebec near Terminal, in both directions, to ease congestion in front of Science World
- Pine from 1st to 7th to connect the Arbutus Greenway to 1st
- 1st from Creekside to Cypress, to connect the Arbutus Greenway and link the Seaside Greenway via the 1st Ave bypass, avoiding the tight spot at the end of Creekside
- Main St, to replace the unsafe shared lanes (sharrows) from 14th north
- Pender or preferably Hastings from Burrard to Cardero, to ease congestion on the Seawall path
- Georgia from Cardero to the Causeway, to ease congestion on the Seawall path (Georgia Gateway project)
- Adanac overpass at Cassiar, a known trouble spot since the removal of calming related to the Fortis gas pipeline construction
- Pacific at the Granville loops, a dangerous intersection
- the Granville bridge, to ease congestion on the narrow sidewalks
- parallel routes to the Arbutus Greenway, to ease congestion.
- Ontario, from 16th to 1st
- Expo Blvd in front of Costco (room to queue candidate) where the painted bike lane is often blocked with vehicles, pushing bikes on to the sidewalk.
The need has been there from some time to better use our public rights-of-way. The plans have been drawn up – as we’ve been illustrating with the Greenways Plan. But now there is an imperative:
“If a city doesn’t have enough green space for the amount of people who live there, that’s a public health issue,” said Assoc. Prof. Marc Berman, a leading expert on how environmental factors can affect the brain and behavior.
“You could probably figure out a way to map out the population, to say certain neighborhoods can go here at this time, or other places at another time. Try to spread it out, to keep people exposed to these environments that we know are good for them. The question is, does a city or municipality have enough greenspace to safely do this? For many places, that answer may be no.” …
Alternate answer: Yes, cities do – if they use their streets for safe walking and cycling, and design them as ‘green spaces’ too. A third of the real restate of a city is in streets. As any owner or developer knows, you want to maximize the value of the property you already own.