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[Bicycles] Bike lanes and cycling infrastructure in Victoria and the south Island


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#10861 LJ

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Posted 20 August 2023 - 07:58 PM

So we were riding along the E&N this afternoon and ran into graffiti on steroids....

 

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#10862 Nparker

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Posted 20 August 2023 - 08:02 PM

Isn't this a dedicated graffiti "gallery"?



#10863 GaryOak

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Posted 21 August 2023 - 07:10 AM

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#10864 LJ

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Posted 21 August 2023 - 07:48 PM

About 200 yards down the trail was a couple painting over graffiti with black paint. Turns out they were just getting the next "canvas" ready.


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#10865 Mike K.

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Posted 21 August 2023 - 08:44 PM

Turns out? LJ! That’s how it’s done, yo!

The tracks there have been a graffiti gallery for 20 years.
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#10866 LJ

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Posted 22 August 2023 - 08:02 PM

Turns out? LJ! That’s how it’s done, yo!

The tracks there have been a graffiti gallery for 20 years.

Yeah, maybe so, but I have only been riding the trail for a year.


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#10867 todd

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Posted 22 August 2023 - 08:45 PM

Isn't this a dedicated graffiti "gallery"?

Kind of worries me when they’re painting on windy days, if the wind blows right bike might get little spots.

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Posted 23 September 2023 - 02:55 PM

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#10869 aastra

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Posted 23 September 2023 - 03:02 PM

That's amusing but I feel like there might be some unfair generalizations about cyclists buried in there somewhere.


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#10870 Nparker

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Posted 23 September 2023 - 03:05 PM

You're probably right. I am sure there are a few cyclists who are only possessed by 2 ancient Babylonian demons.


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#10871 LJ

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Posted 26 September 2023 - 08:02 PM

Turns out? LJ! That’s how it’s done, yo!

The tracks there have been a graffiti gallery for 20 years.

This from a guy that didn't know that there was a Service Canada office in the Westshore. :1954_dancing:


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#10872 LJ

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Posted 26 September 2023 - 08:04 PM

In Poland, they are painting some bike lanes with luminescent paint that absorbs energy from the sun and then light up at night, pretty cool.


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Posted 21 October 2023 - 11:03 AM

In a contentious decision around the council table and in the community, city council in Penticton, B.C., has thrown a roadblock in front of the construction of new bike lanes for the next three years.

 

At a meeting earlier this week, council in the south Okanagan city voted 4-3 in favour of a motion put forward by Coun. Amelia Boultbee to direct city staff  "to cease all work … related to the creation of any new bike lanes with separated concrete barriers" until the end of the current council term in 2026.

 

Boultbee is a first-term councillor and said she brought the motion forward because voters were clear with her during the campaign process that they opposed new bike lanes.

 

Mayor Julius Bloomfield was among those who voted against the motion during the Tuesday meeting, saying it "paints us into a corner." The motion's narrow passing by council is also concerning for Matt Hopkins, urban cycling director of the Penticton and Area Cycling Association, who calls it "really disappointing."

 

'Bike lanes have not been good for our community'

 

Boultbee's motion was amended from its original form, which called for a halt in the creation of all new bike lanes, not just ones separated by concrete barriers. The amendment came after Coun. Helena Konanz noted that bike lanes could be done with "a can of paint and a paint brush."

 

Boultbee's motion further stated that council direct staff to remove all new bike-lane related items from the 2024 financial and corporate business plan prior to adoption.

 

 

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#10874 Mike K.

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Posted 21 October 2023 - 03:50 PM

Maybe the solution is to build the bike lanes where they’re not competing with vehicles. The current way is lazy, unimaginative and forced. And every road does it differently. That can’t be good for safety.

Look at downtown. Pandora lanes are one design. Government are another.

Then look at Saanich. Tillicum is different from downtown. It’s chaotic and could be done so much better. Now Esquimalt is expanding the Tillicum idea.
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#10875 Nparker

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Posted 21 October 2023 - 03:54 PM

This is what happens when virtue signaling is more important than consistency of engineering.


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Posted 21 October 2023 - 07:11 PM

Amalgamation ?



#10877 todd

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Posted 11 November 2023 - 07:35 AM

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Posted 15 November 2023 - 05:17 AM

Mourning the loss of the old Fort Street

Congratulations, Victoria! You have ruined Fort Street. It is now an unmitigated driving disaster.

 

What used to be a reasonable thoroughfare for crossing from Oak Bay to downtown has become a painful crawl. Maybe Victoria was jealous of the Colwood Crawl and wanted their own.

With the addition of the “no right turn” light at Fort and Pandora, the afternoon westbound traffic is backed up well beyond Foul Bay Road – nearly 1.5 kilometres of single-lane blockage.

With the bike lanes, the bus-only lane at Richmond, and the barely three-car-deep right-turn lane (but not on green, only after!), there is nowhere to go.

 

Talk about unintended consequences. I am all in favour of bike safety, but the economic costs here are not to be overlooked. And what if an ambulance needs to get through from/to the Royal Jubilee Hospital? Good luck, there is nowhere to go. Cars are stuck in a giant single-file barely moving trap.

 

Statistically, less than 10 per cent of commuters ride a bike. Much fewer in the dark and wet winter months.

 

Victoria is known to have lots of elderly and parents with young children, for whom biking is simply not an option. The benefit of the bike lane efforts on Fort will be minimal at best.

 

It is almost as if our politicians want to spend millions of dollars to pander to a small minority of voters who think this kind of disruption is good for the city.

 

 

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#10879 todd

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Posted 15 November 2023 - 06:43 AM

I thought the goal was to make driving so miserable to the point that you don’t want to drive anymore and to hurt your back on speed bumps.


Care about ambulances, lol...

#10880 Tony

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Posted 15 November 2023 - 09:27 AM

10% using bikes to commute at any time of year is a massive increase from the past.

 

I see many parents with young children and seniors using the bike lanes including using tricycles in the bike lanes.

 

If there were no dedicated bike lanes I doubt there would have been any change.

 

Perhaps if you build it they will come!

 

Why should cars be the  priority for individual transportation especially in higher population density areas?



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