It’s near the height of cherry blossom season, there are only so many beautiful springs in one’s life, and we really need this one now.
To safely use the glorious green spaces of Vancouver (this weekend with pink!) Vancouverites want to know how to space themselves. Greenways are ideal – those streets where vehicle traffic is so minimal that runners with watches, parents with baby carriages, skateboarders with small electric motors, grandparents with walkers, kids with their first bikes, dogs with leashes, and everyone with a camera, i.e. everyone, can all sort themselves out with sufficient distance and politeness that everyone feels they are getting the most out of a beautiful spring day without endangering themselves or others.
It would be nice to have a poster which shows the appropriate distances and etiquette. But I don’t think the City or health authorities quite know what that is. They’re waiting to see what people actually do before they make decisions about how they should do it. When it comes to designating road space, with a few exceptions, the City seems a bit paralyzed. At least they’re not indicating so far they that they have any intentions.
So it looks like we will just do it:
Chilco Greenway, April 9, 4:10 pm
Five different users: cyclist, runner, observer, dog walker, kid with bike, daddy. All spaced and sorted in a 66-foot right-of way, a standard West End Street. There’s not a psychological no-go barrier at the curb for those not in cars. But there is room for a car if it moves slowly and yields to other users.
My guess: This weekend and on, Vancouverites are going to pour out of their sequestered spaces. They will take the space they need, as they should, to enjoy the city and maintain their health. And not spread a virus.
Then the City can respond.