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Old 06-06-2013, 01:20 PM
phdbd phdbd is offline
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Default New obstacle on Vancouver

Speaking of a ‘smooth, wide and direct cycle track’, I noticed this morning they have installed a pedestrian island blocking half of the bike lane, right at the kink at the base of the rise @ N. Morris & N Vancouver.

Someone must have looked at the particular section of road and added up all the variables:
1. Change in pitch (Downhill to uphill)
2. Change in direction (right curve to left curve)
3. Narrowing of roadway
4. Presence of traffic signal at next intersection
5. Increase in speed of cyclists to compensate with rise
6. Crosswalk

and thought surely this must be the the magic number to qualify for adding a hazardous obstacle.

Often I'm really pleased with the work that the city does, but more and more it seems like our bicycle infrastructure is designed by people who want to make things difficult for people on bicycles.
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