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Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Oct. 4, 2023

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Letter: Vine complicates bike lanes


I’d like to thank Debbie Simonds for her letter regarding the recent failures of The Vine in accommodating its riders (“C-Tran plans don’t make sense,” Our Readers’ Views, March 21). As an infrequent transit user, I had no idea these issues existed, which is very disappointing considering the prioritization The Vine is given over other sustainable forms of travel like active mobility.

The city of Vancouver’s reasoning for failing to stripe the bike lane on Fourth Plain from 62nd Avenue to Andresen is the amount of money already invested in The Vine, and the false belief a mobility lane will slow it down.

When their lane suddenly ends at 62nd Avenue, active mobility users are going to continue to ride this corridor anyway. They are going to ride on the sidewalk near the bus stops. They are going to ride in the road in the bus lane, or they might get confused and ride in the car lane because they think they will get in trouble. The truth is they won’t know what to do, and that is the problem with this design recommendation.

I hope the city doesn’t start a pattern of pitting active mobility users against The Vine. We usually play really well together.

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