Time for the automobile to take a back seat to more people-centric modes of transportation. Cities were meant for people, not cars.
“Cue the howling,” notes Ohrn, anticipating the media coverage and accompanying comments to the Burrard Bridge announcement, below.
Do we have to go through this every time? No matter how many times the city reallocates road space (miniparks in the 1970s and 80s, bike lanes in the 90s and 2000s), no matter how many controversies (Hornby Street, Burrard Bridge, Point Grey Road, the Viaducts), the pattern is the same: predictions of Carmaggedon, attacks on council and staff, calls for more process, lengthy public meetings, approval and construction – and then nothing. Maybe a week of adjustment, and life goes on.
A few years later, the data confirms what the engineers had predicted: sufficient existing capacity, some mitigation, improved road design, more use of other modes means little negative impact on vehicle flows – and in some cases actual improvements.
Best of all, the city moves forward on the goals that every council…
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