Force everyone who signed the petition to remove the Burrard St. bike lanes to apologize

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Six months ago, some grumpy Vancouver resident started a petition to have the city throw away their work and restore the Burrard Bridge and Pacific Avenue to the way they were before the recent round of upgrades. The source of his frustration: the bike lanes.

You see, all these upgrades were making vehicle traffic more difficult. Pacific Avenue, one of the primary paths for motor vehicles exiting the West End, was facing increased delays.

Only problem was he created this petition before construction was even done. The delays were caused by construction, not by the soon-to-be-completed traffic changes. Swing and a miss there, champ.

So, in light of this person's short-sighted attempt to shame the city for encouraging the use of healthy transit alternatives while simultaneously improving the flow of vehicle traffic, I propose that Vancouver City Council forces the creator of the petition — and all 3,896 people that signed it — to apologize to the city. All of us. They were being childish and now, like a child, they should have to tell us why they're sorry.

Apologies should be public, sincere, and acknowledge the benefits of the bike lane implementation. Suggestions for further improvements are welcome, but don't forget that this is an apology first.



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