Why isn’t there a Kits Flow Way – an allocation of street space that both takes the pressure off the overcrowded mixed-use paths through Hadden and Kits Park, and provides a designated, separated space to accommodate the dramatically increased amount of bike traffic in these days of the pandemic?  In other other words, a Kits equivalent of the Beach Flow Way.  (More discussion here.)

The answer I heard from City Hall insiders is that there really isn’t a need to have a traffic-calmed reallocation on parts of the adjacent streets because, with the pandemic and the closure of the parking lots in Kits and Hadden, there isn’t much traffic anyway.

Well, guess what.

Let’s not criticize the Park Board for failing to make quick decisions or not responding to demand.  (Rationale: cars are safer than transit, they’re needed by seniors and the disabled, and gas is cheap.)

Sooo … what is the likelihood that there will now be a designated flow way around and through parks like Kits and Jericho, or along Spanish Banks?  That the Park Board and City will quickly mark out, separate and sign those routes?  That they will, above all, ensure that it’s safe for people of all ages to cycle through the newly opened parking lots to the beaches?

Especially here:

Unfortunately, it’s pretty safe to assume that there won’t be a designated active-transportation alternative.  (Even though, on the board of park commissioners, the majority is held by Green and COPE members.)  They’ve had over half a decade to resolve the issue in Hadden and Kits, and essentially done nothing.  Why would they start now?

Oh yeah, a pandemic.

 

Comments

    1. Less germs spread. Fewer people cough or sneeze into your air bubble. Less surface areas infected with germs.

      Also:
      a) more comfortable as you can regulate temperature yourself and turn up the music if you so chose,
      b) more convenient as you chose when to leave or where to stop, and no waiting at the bus stop in rain or snow
      c) usually faster except select routes on certain times of day

      Those benefits of course come at a price that many are, and many are not, prepared or able to pay !

      1. One little stab with a vaccine will counter several of those points.

        Just another way of saying that the cure for pandemics, poor urbanism, energy waste, pollution, demagoguery and not a small amount of ordinary human stupidity is, simply, good science.

        1. Covid-22 and then Covid 25 .. there’s always germs around. People are now freaked out and more aware.

          The other benefits remain ie
          a) more comfortable as you can regulate temperature yourself and turn up the music if you so chose,
          b) more convenient as you chose when to leave or where to stop, and no waiting at the bus stop in rain or snow
          c) usually faster except select routes on certain times of day

          Unfortunately “good science” led to this economic chaos such as closing schools or universities which makes absolutely no sense ! Good science would have let the virus run with modest precautions such as masks or washing hands, like any common flu which also causes a lot of death.

          80%+ death in BC in old age care homes.

          Open all buses and Skytrains NOW without any distancing measures and have folks wear masks for now as simple common sense precautions. And of course all beaches and associated parking lots. Closing those is not based on “good science” !!

    1. That’s like saying guns are safer than knives because it’s harder to cut somebody with a gun.

  1. No, it’s like saying knives are safer than guns because it’s easier to kill more people with a gun.

    1. Cars kill more people than Coronavirus. It’s plausible, but not a given, that CV will kill more than cars in this single given year. But cars kill those high numbers every year, year after year.

      Time for a name change, Joe.

      1. Excellent article. The current Park Board has a great deal of trouble doing basic things, and seems obsessed with minutae. Like beer in parks. Think that’s going to happen before the end of the pandemic? (Nope).

        If I read this correctly, I think the cars in parks was a park board rationale, not Gordon’s. Not surprising.

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