Cycling trips set new record on city streets
More than one million cycling trips were made on Vancouver bike lanes during the first half of 2013, according to new city data.
In total, 1,035,000 trips were made between January and June over the lanes on the Burrard Bridge, Hornby Street, Dunsmuir Street and the Dunsmuir viaduct. It’s the first time the city has managed to break the million-trip mark during the first half of a year.
In the same period last year, 997,000 trips were recorded.
B.C. Cycling Coalition president Richard Campbell said the record number shows the city is ready to support the $12 million worth of infrastructure municipal politicians are voting on next week.
“Sometimes at the busy intersections I see so many cyclists it seems like, ‘Is this an organized ride?’”
He added it’s inevitable cycling continues to increase in popularity, but Vancouver needs the infrastructure to make it both practical and sustainable.
City council is set to vote next week on two major cycling projects that each come with $6 million price tags.
The first includes developing cycling along Point Grey Road and Cornwall Avenue in the city’s west side.
Council will also consider approving plans for a public bike share system.
Cyclists would buy memberships, pick up and drop off bikes from PBS stations, and pay additional fees depending on usage.