As I mentioned regarding the closure of Point Grey Road, Vancouver engineers typically waste no time implementing changes passed by Council. Here the reapportionment of roadway for green space and bike traffic at the corner of Stephens and York, connecting to Point Grey Road, has already started. The reformed intersection is intended to bridge the Stephens bikeway, the forthcoming York commuter route, and a grand stretch of separated bike lane along the north side of Point Grey Road. Presumably the crossing will allow quick access to Burrard Bridge for eastbound bike commuters, as well as offer easy access to the seaside greenway for cyclists heading north from central Kitsilano. Reaching Jericho by bicycle should prove more popular than ever this summer thanks to this single intersection. It is not clear why some consider this project a means to limit accessibility of Point Grey Road for leisure. If anything, the parks will be much easier to reach for leisure, their intended purpose.
The bike lane along this pictured stretch of Point Grey Road is more exception than rule, running only two short blocks from Trafalgar west to MacDonald, where it merges with the recent traffic closure and empties into now-local roadway. To the east, continuation along the odd northerly detour of Point Grey Road at Trafalgar is straightforward enough, but the need for a clear connection through Kitsilano Beach becomes all the more apparent. Sadly, a political misstep by the City, which sought to hurry a plan through the Park Board without major public consultation, appears to have stymied improvements within the Park borders for the time being. This leaves a muddle of mixed-use paths, lacking an intuitive route from the Point Grey Road greenway to Ogden Avenue at the far eastern edge of the park space.
Yesterday I took precisely this path, weaving along the southern fence bordering Cornwall, down the colonnade of trees toward the beach, and behind the Boathouse until reaching Arbutus Street. I faced unnecessary conflicts with pedestrians and automobiles, even in the dour rain of February, where a few ingenious infrastructure fixes would yield none. The situation within Kitsilano Beach Park needs amendment, and will become increasingly chaotic as summer approaches. I am surprised that a routing along Arbutus has not garnered more attention, as it would seem to avoid the brunt of the disagreements about running more pavement through the eastern half of the park.