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Bike News Roundup: In Vancouver, Walking > Biking > Transit > Freight > Personal Car

It’s time for the weekly Bike News Roundup!

First up, former city planner for Vancouver BC Brent Toderian was the keynote speaker at the Downtown Seattle Association’s recent State of Downtown meeting. Toderian makes a strong case for embracing livability and density. He also rips into the deep bore tunnel (he says Seattle should have just gotten rid of the highway) and makes it clear that if Seattle wants cycling to be a serious mode of transportation, we have to separate bike lanes from general traffic (“adult males are willing to ride in essentially unsafe conditions. Women, seniors and kids aren’t stupid. You have to make it actually smart as a choice”). It’s nearly 19 minutes long, but definitely worth watching:

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12 responses to “Bike News Roundup: In Vancouver, Walking > Biking > Transit > Freight > Personal Car”

  1. A

    “adult males are willing to ride in essentially unsafe conditions. Women, seniors and kids aren’t stupid.”

    Going off the idea that adult males are “stupid”, it’s safe to assume that anything else this person says is comparably useless. Next.

    1. Tom Fucoloro

      To be fair, it was just a laugh line, over-exaggerating his underlying point, which is legit.

    2. Eli

      To the best of my knowledge, his underlying point is correct and research-driven, even if you may not like his humor.

      e.g.: http://journal.sjdm.org/jdm06016.pdf

    3. Clark in Vancouver

      He phrased it that way to get a laugh. I know men are blamed for everything nowadays but we don’t have to get offended. What he meant was that adult males are overconfident compared to others.

      But what he says overall is good. I live in Vancouver and for the most part it’s a really nice place to live. Some of that is because of its natural location and it’s in Canada but a lot of it has to do with the policies and design that he’s talked about.

    4. Orv

      “Stupid,” I think, was meant to be humorous. But it’s a scientific fact that testosterone tends to cause risk-taking. It’s why insurance companies charge more for young male drivers than young female ones.

  2. On that map in Florida, even some schools and businesses suffer that problem to a lesser degree. The people living closest to the actual school buildings (at the backs of their lots, because of course the parking is in front) have to walk several blocks around, then through a parking lot to the entrance. Of course businesses and schools wouldn’t choose locations back in the farthest reaches of the street network, which makes any more granular use-mixture unlikely.

    Much of this development has sidewalks… some totally empty cul-de-sacs have a sidewalk all the way around. A great example of how sidewalks are not the same as walkability. You need the facilities, and they need to go somewhere.

  3. Clark in Vancouver

    There’s something I was thinking of recently. That the term “inner city kids” in the U.S. means disenfranchised people (often along racial lines) whereas in Canada, and Vancouver in particular, the term isn’t used but if it was it would mean something entirely different. The kids growing up in downtown Vancouver are not at all disenfranchised.

  4. Riddley Walker

    If you design for kids you are doing it right. Freaky. That is EXACTLY the line I developed in my submission to the Future Melbourne submissions. Sadly our government here consists of morons and idiots – who do not understand the f=difference between doing it well and doing it badly.

  5. Yo, has anyone around here been using the currently empty north-side lanes of Broad Street to get across Aurora and Mercer (essentially to get between SLU Park and Seattle Center)? A couple days ago while out running I noticed the possibility (albiet temporary) of this route (I was in one of those situations where poor planning left Broad Street as my best route across Aurora, and after climbing the stairs down to its dingy sidewalk noticed there was nothing stopping me from running down the middle of the road) so I tried it out on bike the next day. It’s an awesome traffic dodge! Starting from southbound 9th approaching Mercer, jump on the sidewalk and turn right, then once you’re past the barrier hop the curb into the street for a super-fast trip to Harrison/Taylor.

    1. Tom Fucoloro

      I’ve done it, but it’s not very dependable. Often, it is full of construction crews, and they seem to change the way traffic works through there all the time. But you’re not the only one taking advantage of the closure that way (just not something I could recommend as a dependable route)

      1. Ah, that’s good to know. I’m not downtown every day, so I guess I just happened to catch it on a couple good days.

  6. […] explaining Vancouver BC’s transportation strategy, former planner for that city Brent Toderian said their decisions are based on a framework that prioritizes people on foot first, people biking […]

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