The bike lane along Point Grey Road has opened at last, running along the north side from Trafalgar to Macdonald. Engineers cleverly built the median in continuous concrete, dipping lower to allow driveway access while still imparting a sense of separation from traffic. In this way, the barrier feels superior to cheaper methods that could have been employed (see Buenos Aires).
I was impressed with the number of people already using the lane, since it was blocked off earlier in the week and couldn’t have opened more than 36 hours before I returned this afternoon. The weakest link in the Seaside Greenway is now certainly Kitsilano Park, where a confusing web of pathways suitable for strolling now invite conflict between cyclists and pedestrians. It’s not clear how the City and Park Board will the resolve gap, given justifiable protest of local residents to laying new asphalt over green space. With election season looming, no solution is likely forthcoming until the political dust settles.