The Park Board will use the space in Stanley Park better and safer:
Here is the consequence:
Closing the streets in Stanley Park reduces the daily number of people in the park and creates space for cyclists and pedestrians from the neighborhood.
It won’t just come from the neighborhood. Expect Vancouverites (and those from the north coast) to use the bike and greenway network to access Stanley Park as well. Recreational athletes are already doing this.
Next step: The city can also reassign the street space to relieve the most popular (and overcrowded) greenway trails.
Here is a list of options that Jeff Leigh has put together with HUB Cycling.
- Thurlow Beach to Stanley Park to relieve the pressure on the bank paths and provide access to Stanley Park
- Nelson and Smithe from Richards to Thurlow to connect the West End to False Creek
- Cambie Bridge heading north to reduce MUP congestion
- Quebec near the terminal in both directions to reduce congestion in front of the Science World
- Pine from 1st to 7th to connect the Arbutus Greenway to the 1st
- 1. from Creekside to Cypress to connect the Arbutus Greenway and connect the Seaside Greenway via the 1st Ave Bypass to avoid the narrow section at the end of Creekside
- Main St to replace the unsafe common lanes (Sharrows) from the 14th north
- Pender or preferably Hastings from Burrard to Cardero to reduce congestion on the Seawall path
- Georgia from Cardero to Causeway to Reduce Seawall Path Congestion (Georgia Gateway Project)
- Adanac flyover at Cassiar, a well-known issue since the calming down in connection with the construction of the Fortis gas pipeline
- Pacific on the Granville Loops, a dangerous crossroads
- the Granville Bridge to reduce congestion on the narrow sidewalks
- parallel routes to Arbutus Greenway to reduce congestion.
- Ontario, from 16th to 1stst
- Expo Blvd in front of Costco (space to queue candidates) where the painted bike path is often blocked with vehicles and push bikes onto the sidewalk.
For some time now there has been a need to make better use of our public rights of way. The plans were drawn up – as we illustrated with the Greenways plan. But now there is an imperative:
“If a city does not have enough green space for the number of people living there, it is a public health problem,” said Assoc. Prof. Marc Berman, a leading expert on how environmental factors can affect the brain and behavior.
“You could probably find a way to map the population to say that certain neighborhoods can go here at other times or at different times. Try spreading it to expose people to these environments that we know are good for them. The question is, does a city or community have enough green spaces to do so safely? For many places, this answer can be no. “…
Alternative answer: Yes, cities do this – if they use their streets for safe walking and cycling and also design them as “green spaces”. A third of the real rest of a city is on streets. As every owner or developer knows, you want to maximize the value of the property you already own.
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