DOES A COMMUTER HIGHWAY FOR BIKES
MAKE SENSE TO YOU ON ‘THE DRIVE’?
Dear Commercial Drive Business Society Member,
We are writing to inform you of an issue that could have a dramatic affect on businesses and the economic sustainability of Commercial Drive. The Commercial Drive Business Society (CDBS) is seeking input from members to help shape our dialogue on the community planning process.
CITY OF VANCOUVER TRANSPORTATION PLAN
The City of Vancouver recently received an Administrative Report from their internal Standing Committee on Planning, Transportation and Environment. This Administrative Report includes a 5-Year Cycling Network Additions and Upgrades Map, which identify major cycling network projects anticipated for 2016-2020. Among these planned projects, Commercial Drive was acknowledged as a ‘Planned New Cycling Route’ (East 14th Avenue at Commercial Drive, to Gravely, one block North of East 1st Avenue).
The City of Vancouver’s aspiration is that all
‘Planned New Cycling Routes’ are ‘All Ages & Abilities’ (AAA Designation).
This means a fully separated cycling lane where barricades are implemented.
There are alternatives to what has been proposed -- better options that come with no risk to local businesses.
The CDBS recognizes and values cycling as an important travel mode, and supports enhancing cycling infrastructure in the area, however, the CDBS does not support an ‘All Ages & Abilities’ (AAA) separated bike lane directly on Commercial Drive, as we believe this would have a negative impact on businesses and local stakeholders.
- The Commercial Drive Business Society, representing over 750 members in the Business Improvement Area (BIA), MUST be recognized as a major stakeholder
- Grandview-Woodlands Community Planning Process must include the CDBS
NEGATIVE LOCAL IMPACT
- negative economic impact on local small business, including family owned operations
- unnecessary burden on the taxpayer
- local job losses
- decreased customer traffic
- loss of street parking
- removal of already-limited loading zones
- negatively impacts the ease of access to store fronts
- reduced road access due to new turning restrictions
- may cause conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists
- unsafe pedestrian experience and street safety issues
- high speed cycling lanes that serve only as ‘bike highways’
- increased motor vehicle traffic congestion on side streets (vehicles using side streets as ‘short cuts’)
- motorists being forced to seek parking on residential streets
- current proposal does not fully consider connecting routes already in use
- topography of Commercial Drive does not actually allow for a viable cycle lane
- currently proposed cycle lane results in a dead-end at Graveley Street
- connector routes and future planning has not been fully considered - there is no way to continue the cycle route north to existing connector routes
WHY RISK NEGATIVELY IMPACTING THE CHARACTER OF THE DRIVE WITH
THIS PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD?
WHY PUT AT RISK SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE ALREADY ECONOMICALLY VULNERABLE?
- CDBS recommends that the city of Vancouver first look at enhancing and optimizing the existing cycle infrastructure in the immediate neighbourhood
- existing cycling routes include two parallel routes both east and west of Commercial Drive, on Woodland Drive and Lakewood Drive
- existing connector cycling routes are already located on Grandview Highway North/Central Valley Greenway and Adanac Street, with connections to Commercial Drive
- CDBS supports the addition of thoughtfully developed connector routes
- already existing cycle routes are quieter, slower and offer safer cycling options
- existing routes are already in use and have infrastructure in place
- upgrades to existing cycling infrastructure is less of a burden on the taxpayer
- CDBS supports adding a bike lane on Victoria Drive, which is a designated ‘pedestrian first’ route
- Victoria Drive currently has no buses and much fewer traffic conflicts and is just east of The Drive, providing easy access for cyclists to The Drive
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT ON ‘THE DRIVE’
COMPLETE THE ONLINE SURVEY + PETITION
(DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION – FEBRUARY 15, 2015)
SIGN OUR PETITION AND STAND WITH THE
COMMERCIAL DRIVE BUSINESS SOCIETY ON THIS ISSUE.
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