Saw this linked on an advocacy groups list.
Thought it was interesting because there's a fundamental difference in the way both cities have encouraged cycling.
"As opposed to making un-bike-able streets bike-able, Vancouver took their semi-bike-able streets and made them more bike-able."
Personally, I love what Vancouver did. Before these side streets were made more bike friendly, I was quite skeptical of their success, but once I rode them after they were made more bike-able, I was impressed.
I live in Richmond where a new bike lane has been installed on the main street. I'm told it is a first for an arterial road in Metro Vancouver. It is part of a redevelopment of the street that is having an elevated rail line installed and it's good to see space set aside for cycling. I very much doubt that this space would have been set aside for bicycles had it not been for this development.
It seems to be more like what they did in Portland.
check out how much room they give peds (tons)_______________________and how much room they give cyclists (4 1/2 feet)
It will be interesting to see the impact will be.