Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Transportation gaps keep seniors driving too long: study

An article from the Toronto Star for those opposed to bike lanes.

"Kathleen Willing, 79, still drives, uses transit, and even rides her bike two or three times a week. But her husband had to give up driving, and she says it wasn't an easy conversation to have."

Segregated bike lanes give people an option to their cars.  Ordinary bikes lanes will encourage a very small %age of the population to cycle rather than drive.

Sharrows such as those we have on Fairview Street are a waste of taxpayer dollars.  They will not get more people cycling.

Bike lanes on New Street are marginally better but still won't get a significant number of people cycling.

If Burlington is serious about giving residents, young and old, transportation options, segregated bike lanes are needed on major roads.

Segregated bikes lanes, like Hamilton's Cannon Street and those in Ottawa will have to come to car centric Burlington.  The older people get, the greater the need for a safe, convenient alternative way to get around.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

De-congestion at work

One picture is worth more than a thousand words.

And every bike on the road is one less car!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

If you build it & it's safe, they will use it!!

It's not just Hamilton!!

Even New York City is building and expanding protected bike lanes or cycle tracks.

Add judging by the number of cyclists, everyone from all ages uses them.

The creator of the video posted the following comments, "I've been riding in this city since the early 1990s. If you ever told the ever-optimistic 25 year old me that you'd see these numbers of people riding along the waterfront on Kent, I'd probably say you were dreaming. But sometimes with good planning and putting people first, dreams do come true."

With protected bike lanes, more will cycle, especially those concerned with safety.  This will mean fewer short trips by car and a happier healthier Burlington.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Vancouver - Bike lanes were good for business after all, restaurant owner says

Business owners were not happy!

 "adding bike lanes there would require moving several dozen street parking spaces onto nearby Main Street — so the city faced a firestorm from retailers and residents.
"To slash and burn like this is not going to work," Steve Da Cruz, owner of an upscale restaurant in the middle of the affected block, told the Vancouver Courier."
One year after installation, Da Cruz told Business in Vancouver that his restaurant was doing better than ever.

"We definitely have benefited from the increased usage of the bike lane," Da Cruz said.

Bike lanes work!  They encourage more to cycle and are better for business.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bike lanes are good for business - part 1

Numerous studies across North America show that cyclists are good for business.
Bike rack at WalMart
A new study by the University of Waterloo suggests up to 70 per cent of shoppers in uptown Waterloo traveled there by bicycle, public transit or on foot.
The study, completed by professors Markus Moos and Jeff Casello of the UW School of Planning, also found those who ride their bikes to shop in uptown spend about $30 during a single trip — the same amount as those who arrive by car and $10 more than those who walk or use public transit. Cyclists also make more trips, on average, than other transportation users.
Waterloo council understands its a myth that car shoppers are better than cyclists.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Guelph sets sights on 21st century

Guelph (#11) is taking the bold steps needed to de-throne Burlington as Canada's best medium sized city to live in.

This article in the Toronto Star caught my eye.

Guelph - more than 100 km. of bike lanes in existence with another 110 km. in varying stages of approval!!

By contrast, Burlington's 2009 Cycling Master Plan called for 40 km of bike lanes & 9 km of new paved shoulders in total by 2015.  We're going into the 6 year mark.  In that time Guelph added more than 100 km of bike lanes.  Burlington will be hard pressed to add 40 km.
Proposed additions to cycling infrastructure in Burlington - CMP.
Studies continue to show that younger generations aren't driving and won't buy cars in the same amounts their parents did.

Which forward looking city do you think the younger generation would choose to live and raise their families in?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Not Just a Phase: Young Americans Won’t Start Motoring Like Their Parents

Great article on the decline of driving by young people.

The roads we rebuild today (New St.) must take this into account!

Our city planners and elected, or to be elected officials, should be planning for a future with less driving - NOW.

Protected bike lanes on New St. from the downtown to Oakville is an investment made for the future.

If we expect to attract talented young Canadians to Burlington, we've got to build to fill their needs.

Hamilton has started this by building a protected bike lane along Cannon St. from Sherman Ave. to York St. towards Burlington.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pictures worth millions of words

Hamilton Council has done it right!!
With very little notice, hundreds attended the official opening of the Cannon Street cycle tracks.  They are more than bike lanes!!

And people are using them!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bike lanes on New St. - it's time!

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New St., between Martha & Guelph Line will be resurfaced in 2015. This is an ideal opportunity to fill in another gap in Burlington's bike lane network by adding bike lanes.

Bike lanes on New St. provide an alternative access for those who wish to cycle to the library, Central Park, the Senior's Centre, Community Gardens, Tennis Courts and Arena.  However, New St. is busy and the bike lanes must be buffered or protected to be useful and safe for all to use.

Yes, it costs more to add buffered bike lanes but in the long run more people will use them and the city will benefit in numerous ways.

Impossible for a cyclist to cross.
For those that feel the multi-purpose path is an alternative,
it is not.  I tried cycling this path on March 11th. well after the winter ice storms.  They have not been ploughed and if they aren't ploughed now, they will never be cleared and they are not safe to use by cyclists or pedestrians.

No way the multipurpose path will be
Hope you will attend the presentation on March 27th and add your voice to those calling for bike lanes on New St.

Monday, February 10, 2014

What does Calgary know that Burlington Economic Development should?

Shamelessly copied from the Calgary Hearld because it makes an undeniable case for cycle tracks.
"Cycle track deserves to get some traction"

Calgary’s proposed cycle track network has been creating quite a buzz around town lately and we wanted to weigh in on this issue. You may wonder why we, as Calgary’s leading economic development organization, care about a cycle track network for Calgary. Well, as the promotional agency tasked with attracting and retaining the best talent, as well as promoting our business and lifestyle advantages around the world, a cycle track network will help us do just that.

It may be less obvious than an increase in healthy lifestyle or taking tailpipes off the roads, but an inner city cycle track network can boost business. In Colorado, cycling brought more than $1 billion to the state’s local economy, and in New York, after the installation of a protected bike lane, retail sales increased by as much as 49 per cent compared to a three per cent increase in sales citywide during the same period.

When San Francisco optimized Valencia Street for cyclists and pedestrians, nearly 40 per cent of
merchants reported increased sales and 60 per cent reported more area residents shopping locally due to reduced travel time and convenience. Travelling by bike encourages more frequent stops than travelling by car; a study of Toronto merchants revealed that patrons arriving by foot and bicycle visited the most often and spent the most money per month.

It goes without saying that parking the car and jumping on your Trek is good for your health, but it’s also good for the health of the community. Business owners would be interested in a study done by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, which found that cycling reduced employee absenteeism — specifically, the employees who cycled to work regularly missed less work, on average more than one day per year less than colleagues who didn’t. And a Minnesota company that encouraged its employees to bike to work saved $170,000 in health care over three years and $301,000 through increased employee productivity every year.

And then there’s the social reputation factor: The “I didn’t know the city built on energy invested in commuter bike lanes.” And make no mistake, it is an investment. This is a prime example of the kind of selling feature we use when telling Calgary’s story around the world. People want to live in a city that invests in making the lives of its citizens better. Sixty-two per cent of recent transplants to Portland, Ore., said that the city’s bike friendliness was a factor in their decision to move there. By 2018, Calgary’s population is expected to grow by more than 150,000 people. We’d love to add the cycle track network to our people-attraction tool kit before we see tens of thousands of new cars added to our morning commute.

The major benefit of dedicated bike lanes is they help pedestrians, motorists, transit users and cyclists coexist safely. Even in Calgary’s harshest weather, you’ll see many diehard cyclists making their way to work, and these numbers would increase if we made their commute safer. After New York City installed their first protected bike lane (the first in the U.S.), they saw a reduction in injuries to all street users by 58 per cent. Calgary drivers will be the first to say that the unpredictability of cyclists sharing the narrow downtown roadways makes them nervous for the safety of the cyclists and themselves. A cycle track network in Calgary gives commuters a reliable alternative to driving, while ensuring the well-being of both cyclists and motorists.

Calgary is already well suited to adopting a cycle track network and here’s why. With the most expensive parking in Canada, our citizens have already shown us they would happily utilize this healthy and fun mode of transportation.

The first leg of the cycle track network runs on 7th Street S.W., and over the course of a year (2012-2013), the number of bikes quadrupled per day. Pedestrians were happier too, as the number of cyclists riding on the sidewalk went down by 25 per cent. At 700 kilometres, Calgary has the longest paved urban pathway system on the continent. With the addition of a downtown cycle track (and Calgary Transit’s recent announcement that all new buses will have bike racks), commuters can safely and efficiently travel from their homes in any quadrant of the city into the core. Calgarians may be surprised (and hopefully delighted) to learn that over the past five years, a multitude of downtown building owners have added up to 2,000 bike parking stalls in their buildings, telling their tenants and their employees they support their desire to embrace diverse transportation options.

We realize adoption will take time and people want to be involved in the process to understand where the proposed network will go and how it impacts them. We encourage Calgarians looking for more information on the cycle track network, to stop by the CORE Shopping Centre, Plus-15 level, by Holt Renfrew, this Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to talk to the cycle track network team.

Bruce Graham is president and CEO of Calgary Economic Development.

And New Street is where it should begin!  Yes To NEW