Lots of little things that make me question whether the people who designed the bike lanes on Vancouver were intoxicated!
Case in point the bike lanes that flare into the car lane when approaching Fort St from the north. Ok I get the bikes may want to turn left but it is not like bikes on Vancouver need a dedicated turning lane. The big risk here is that when it is dark and rainy a car driver might not notice the flare and then hit the curb by simply driving straight.
Other issue is that with Vancouver now blocked to north bound traffic at Meares, traffic has been pushed to Quadra and Cook St (as designed) but the additional traffic now means that it is impossible to turn off of Meares due to the congestion. As a result, cars are now cutting the block between Meares and Fort on Vancouver by going the wrong way down the short section of street. Accident waiting to happen there.
And that is just the first section that is complete.
I assume you're talking the flare on the southeast corner of the Fort St intersection? If it's as shown in the design available online, the bike lane flares there because it follows the existing curb; there's a curb extension on that corner which juts out into Vancouver. And it follows the curb line instead of being a straight line because it curves around the on-street parking / loading zone. The flare shouldn't encroach into the travel lane, only into the parking lane, and the bike lane doesn't get any wider at that point. Also, have the lane / parking markings been installed yet?
Edit: uh, never mind the above, I re-read your comment and realize you're talking FROM the north, not northbound so my bad. The online design does not show a flare as you approach from the north; there must be a design change since the online one was posted. Therefore, i'll refrain from commenting until i see it myself.
As for Meares, it can takes a little bit of time for traffic to adjust / reroute to big changes; the congestion may die down after drivers learn / internalize the changes and stop using Vancouver. Also, it is usually standard practice after a traffic pattern change to monitor traffic flows for unexpected issues that arise, in case any further mitigations are required. I can't say for sure that the City will be monitoring, but it would be (IMO) irresponsible for them not to be, because yeah, it's a big safety problem if drivers go the wrong way on purpose. Just curious, is Meares at Quadra or at Cook that drivers are not able to turn off of (or both)?
Edited by Rex Waverly, 31 December 2020 - 11:17 AM.