Build a safe and complete bike network
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North Vancouver District Council
Richard Walton
North Vancouver District Council
Roger Bassam
North Vancouver District Council
Robin Hicks
North Vancouver District Council
Mike Little
North Vancouver District Council
Doug MacKay-Dunn
North Vancouver District Council
Lisa Muri
North Vancouver District Council
Alan Nixon

Build a safe and complete bike network

    1. Antje Wahl
    2. Petition by

      Antje Wahl

      North Vancouver, Canada

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

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Please continue to make your voice heard

      Antje Wahl
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is closed but the work is not over! If you are too late to sign, please email your concerns about cycling directly to the Council of the District of North Vancouver at dnvcouncil@dnv.org

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. North Shore News: Cyclists want Keith Rd bike lane

      Antje Wahl
      Petition Organizer

      Put the bike lane back on Keith Road: that's the message cyclists, including the victim of a nasty crash, want the District of North Vancouver to act on.
      Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/health/Cyclists+want+Keith+bike+lane/7191437/story.html

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. CBC News video about Keith Road collision

      Antje Wahl
      Petition Organizer

      The cyclist injured on Keith Road in North Van two weeks ago was interviewed by CBC TV
      http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2274996444/

    6. Petition in the North Shore News

      Antje Wahl
      Petition Organizer

      The North Shore News interviewed me about the petition yesterday. They will publish another story about East Keith Road some time next week, probably on Wednesday, Sep 5.

    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. Details of the collision on Keith Road

      Antje Wahl
      Petition Organizer

      Average Joe Cyclist posted details of the Keith Road collision and a photo of the mangled bike on his blog:
      http://averagejoecyclist.com/?p=3524

    9. On CBC Radio

      Antje Wahl
      Petition Organizer

      CBC interviewed me this morning about the petition and the cancelled bike lane on East Keith Road. The story will run Thursday, August 30, at about 7:50am on CBC Radio 1 in the Greater Vancouver area. After that it should be available here: http://www.cbc.ca/earlyedition/columnists/highvelocity/

    10. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kristin MacDonald NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Like it or not, the price and availability of fossil fuels will deter many people from driving in future. It makes sense from a safety and long range planning perspective to plan for a greener North Shore.

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    • Clare Steiner BURNABY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I ride to work at LGH from Burnaby and feel quite vulnerable on all the so- called designated bike routes. There needs to be better separation between bikes and cars.

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    • Jamie Marshall NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Normally I would definitely bike to work, except the route between where I live and where I work is terrible for biking. I would have to bike along Keith Rd. (right where this cyclist was hit) and Marine Drive, and large sections of these roads do not have dedicated bike lanes. Marine Drive is very busy, and I see bikers, cars and busses weaving around each other all the time. Without the dedicated bike lane it is just downright scary (for cars and bikers alike!). I will not start biking to work until the bike infrastructure becomes much better. I am an athletic/active energy efficiency professional, and I bike for fun in my spare time, so you'd think that I would be the first person out biking to work... but my safety is more important, so I will continue to alternate between bussing and clogging up the roads in my car.

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    • Mike Elliott NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am an avid cyclist and live in North Vancouver. I want safer cycling for all cyclists and safer roads for everyone who uses them.

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    • Sybill K NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I cycle to get places including groceries, work and play. Safety on the roads is important to me.

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