Over at the Spacing Wire Matt Blackett has posted a street-level piece on Vancouver's cycling infrastructure. It's informative and inspiring!
VANCOUVER — I’m lucky enough to have a decent bike to ride for the duration of my stay here on the west coast. I ride almost daily in Toronto but the experience of riding daily in Vancouver is much different — it’s not just the hilly terrain, but there seems to be an understanding from both city officials and drivers that cycling is a viable transportation alternative to the car. Riding through Vancouver produced not only aching leg muscles, but a self-diagnosed case of serious cyclist envy.
You can read the entire post here.
Besides the brilliant idea of "bike waiting boxes" (pictured below) at major intersections, I like the idea of larger bikeway network route signs that are more akin to signs targetting motorists. Here in Toronto the bikeway signs are numbered and tiny. In Vancouver, they are large and use street names. Why not rename our bikeway routes in Toronto after famous or local people of prominence? I think it would be fun and make for wider recognition of the (now somewhat invisible) shared infrastructure.
Photos by Matt Blackett