There is a value to coming back time and time again to upgrade existing cycling facilities. We do that naturally with cars, but for cycling … surely just building something once is enough?
I think that is one reason we had a recent fatal accident on the Laurier Bike separated facility. It was hard to achieve everything within the set budget at the first go around, and compromises were required.
Once the track proved busy, and worth keeping, we did not go back to improve it. Instead we are waiting for the next road rebuilding cycle (2018 or ….).
And someone paid the price for the complacency… with her life.
That’s a price too high.
In the photo above, the parked van is at least only semi-blocking the cycle track, which in Ottawa counts as progress.
In the pic below, this motorist parked right at the intersection of the river parkway path with a parking lot entrance road. That he was blocking a path doesn’t seem to have been a concern. When I went by, there were dozens of empty parking spaces a few metres further on, but this space was closer to a bunch of sun saluationers or something on the shoreline:
At Monday’s AGM for Citizens for Safe Cycling / BikeOttawa, the fast-growing membership figures tied nicely with the politicians jumping out in front of the parade. The event attracted six city councillors, and Mayor Jim Watson, who not only shook a few hands prior to disappearing, but stayed for a while to hear some of the presentations.
It’s progress on some city fronts, and setbacks on others:
Here is a fun 5 minutes video from Streetfilms about cycling in Vancouver. Key takeaways: revisit and revise and improve constantly. Learn what really works (note how many people comment on the planters dividing the cycle tracks from the street).
I found this best viewed on a full size monitor so you can catch some details.