I sent off an email to Jon
here's his address if you want to too
I sent off an email to Jon
here's his address if you want to too
I wrote a different letter for the paper:
Public roads are built on public land, for the public's use, and paid for with public funding.
Everybody pays for the roads whether used or not.
Not only do cyclists pay for the roads, they subsidize the health care sytem because cycling inherently improves health. Something motoring does not.
How did Mr. Horn know the cyclist was commuting to work? Did he know him? And if he did, how far was his commute...5, 10, 20, 40 km? If it was a 5 km commute, with only 2 km of that on the highway, would that make a difference to anyone?
I couldn't say for sure, that I would necessarily do what that cyclist did. But that's because I don't know the details of the situation. Maybe you're more familiar with that stretch of highway than me. It's been two years since I cycled it last. Getting in and out of Vancouver via the Lougheed, if indeed that was what the cyclist was attempting, is still a major pain.
Here are some quick, yet loose numbers: 1.69 % of the employed Vancouverites commute by bike*. So depending which population you want to use, Vancouver proper (~600,000), or the GVA ( >2,000,000); then roughing the workforce at a conservative 20% - that's between 2,000 and 6,000 cycle commuters. Granted probably not all of them would drive if they couldn't cycle, but it's still a significant amount.
I also think that the saying ONE LESS CAR means a lot more than just potentially reducing traffic. What about pollution and conserving finite resources? Does that count?
And are you also saying that decreased congestion, reduces accidents more than decreased speed limits?
A saying that I like even more than ONE LESS CAR, is...
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Secondly, who hates the motorists? I'm very aware of what they do, obviously, but I don't hate them.
Although there is some ignorance out there, there have been responses setting facts straight.
It's not that I have a problem living with a difference of opinion, it's more when that opinion is not based on fact.
Ferry is wrong to think cyclists don't pay a fair share for their use of the road. If he thinks they should pay more than their fair share, that's another issue.
I'm moving to Burnaby for a year and any local advice you could give me would be great. I'm from Edmonton and I've decided that I want to use this time as a pilot test for living carless. For now I've got two road bikes and a xc that I will be bringing with me. Getting to and from work should be easy since the company I work for is renting me and a couple of my coworkers a place close to our worksite(burnaby lake area) and if I absolutely have to I can catch a ride with them. So I guess Im just looking for advice on riding conditions year round. What months will be the worst to ride? How late into the year is there good road biking? Any group rides around? Good LBS in burnaby? As you can tell I have no experience with this area. Any help could be rewarded with a post-ride pint if you're up for a ride once I get there.
The Central Valley Greenway has been a handy addition to the entire corridor from Vancouver to New Westminster.
I have friend that uses it to get from his house in East Vancouver (near Commercial Drive), all the way to the neighbourhood you will be working in...
Riding conditions in the winter a dependent on Nature; but most of the time the active ingredient in your ride will be WATER, and lots of it.
One has to be aware of the hazards of what water does to things like carpets of leaves on the road (much like an oil slick imo); and watch out for ice on the chillier/drier mornings (funnily enough it tends to be COLDER when it gets clear).
The worst months would be Dec-Feb. With the ONLY concern being if we get snow.
One can expect to be able to cycle nearly year-round as we do not get cold enough for snow to stay for that long (except when it dumps like it did last Christmas; but that even cleared-up after a couple/three weeks).
LBS's that I know of in Burnaby are the Bike Doctor on Kingsway (near Metrotown):
Jubilee Cycle (also near Metrotown):
And Sharpey's - These guys are more MTB oriented; but they do know their stuff (on Hastings in North Burnaby):
Thanks that's what I wanted to know. Once I find out exactly where our place is I'll make the decision to bring my car or not. I miss the days of being carless but I do remember the times where it was kind of a hassle. I was living in Montreal too so it was usually faster to just ride the metro. I just don't want to always be bugging my coworkers to take me grocery shopping because it's too much trouble to take transit or something.
I guess in the meantime I will hunt down some good rain gear.
^+1 for the Central Valley Greenway (CVG). It runs like a spine across Vancouver, Burnaby and New West. I use it on my commute to work via bike. Some stretches are great. Some not so great.... like the Sperling/Winston section. But overall, it's better than nothing. What I appreciate about it is that the CVG is built to avoid hills. Once you hit Gilmore area, there's a MUP running underneath the Skytrain guide rail all the way to VCC.
Like I said though, road season is really winding down, and soon everyone will be heading to the Burnaby Velodrome for track season. Something I strongly suggest you check out, by the way, because track racing is awesoooome.
Anybody know where some cyclocross racing takes place in the Lower Mainland?
I knew there was something like that out there.
I looked the VACCs and the BCCC sites and didn't see anything.
Obviously, I should have looked at Cycling BCs site.
VACC doesn't do anything to do with racing. The impression I've got from the VACC is that they're a bunch of casual riders on hybrid bikes (shudder) that occasionally take short, slow rides on unpaved trails in the suburbs. Not my cup of tea.
The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) is a volunteer-run non-profit society whose members work to improve conditions for cycling in the Lower Mainland
BCCC represent the interests of cyclists provincially and to secure their recognition in policy and programs affecting transportational cycling.
Neither have anything to do with cycling as a sport
On a vaguely related note, does anyone know what the deal is with that new bike co-op on Ontario and 3rd-ish? A friend told me about it, and said it's pretty cool, but I haven't made it by yet.
FYI, the track has rental bikes, so you can go down there and try your hand at it without investing in a track bike of your own. Just gotta bring your own shoes and pedals, of the clipless variety of your choice; something you already have if you're a road cyclist. I believe the rental fee is $15, plus whatever the drop-in fee is, which is around the same.
There is a couple days of training you have to do before you're allowed to race on the track, though. They run the course at the 'drome pretty regularly, and you'll learn all the basics of how to stay on the track without falling off, which is harder than you might think.
East Van!!Moving to Winnipeg in 5 days til May. Leaving the bike behind and taking my skates. Can't wait to fly down the Assiniboine River....
Heading for Vancouver for (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, Bike Friday in tow. Any recommendations?