On August 14, 2012 a cyclist was hit from behind by an SUV while he was riding up East Keith Road in North Vancouver. A bike lane that had been planned for this section of road would likely have prevented the collision. The bike lane was cancelled by North Vancouver District Council despite community support, extensive traffic studies and being part of the Bicycle Master Plan. On the same day, two other cyclists were struck by cars in North Vancouver.
The current bike network in the District of North Vancouver is a patchwork of incomplete, poorly signed bike routes and dangerous intersections. District Council does not seem to understand the benefits of cycling to health, the community, local businesses, the environment and public finances, and they do little to keep cyclists safe or to encourage cycling. A large and growing number of North Shore residents of all ages cycle in North Vancouver, along with people coming by bike to the North Shore from Vancouver, Burnaby and beyond.
Please sign this petition if you would like to see faster progress towards a safe and complete bike network in North Vancouver District. HUB: Your Cycling Connection is advocating for better cycling infrastructure in North Vancouver, but District Council also needs to hear from people who bike and from their families and friends who want to keep them safe.
Links and resources related to this petition:
North Vancouver Bicycle Master Plan (2011 update)
North Shore News story about the collision on East Keith Road
East Keith Road traffic analysis report
HUB: Your Cycling Connection