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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter. Edition #5

June 24, 2013

The State of Cycling in Vancouver

Earlier this month there was good news for bicycle commuters in Vancouver when it was announced that "the city wants to build three new separated bike lane projects, to be constructed for $2.95 million in 2013, to meet Vancouver’s goal of more people commuting on two wheels by 2040. If council approves the staff recommendations, expect major upgrades to Union Street from Gore to Carrall to the seawall ($700,000), the Canada Line Bridge Connection in South Vancouver ($750,000), and the north end of the Cambie Street Bridge to Beatty Street (up to $1.5 million)."

However, since that announcement city council has stalled plans to go ahead with the bike lane on Union after residents and businesses voiced concerns over the new plan, which would reduce vehicle access to the area.

Bike lane controversies are nothing new to Vancouver, and there are constant clashes between cyclist and drivers. However, with an increased number of those wanting to commute by bike, its clear safety issues need to be taken into account. This is especially apparent in light of the tragic news of the female cyclist who was killed after her bike veered off the sidewalk and into traffic on the busy Stanley Park causeway. The Average Joe Cyclist has a detailed post recapping the terrible incident and also a link to a petition to have safety upgrades done to the causeway.

Furthermore, a bike path was recently polled as being the second worst 'road' in Metro Vancouver.

And it doesn't seem the clashes with cyclists these days are limited to the roads, but are also happening on the trials. This month a wire was strung across Vancouver Island trail and caught a mountain biker by the throat. It is thought the wire was placed to deter cyclists from using the trail.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem these controversies are going away any time soon.

Local Outdoors News

1. U.S. biker dies in plunge on trail near Vancouver. @CBC News
2. North Shore Rescue airlifts injured climber to safety. @North Shore News
3. On a mission to beat the record for circumnavigating Vancouver Island in a sea kayak. @Train Harder
4. Golden Ears Provincial Park to get new bridge as part of $500,000 in trail upgrades. @Georgia Straight
5. Whistler is a hiker's heaven. @The Vancouver Sun
6. 10 Amazing Day Hikes Near Vancouver, British Columbia. @Unified Stream
7. Best Swimming Pools In Vancouver. @Huffington Post
8. Scuba-diving opportunities abound in Vancouver's waters. @Georgia Straight

Tales from the Outdoors

I'm pleased to announce the second interview in the Tales from the Outdoors series went live last week. This episode features the amazing Ellie Greenwood, who is truly one of the fastest distance runners on the planet and calls North Vancouver home.

In the interview Ellie details how she got started running, some of her favorite places to run on the North Shore, and updates us about her recent setback with racing. 

Cheers,
Karl

UPCOMING EVENTS

Squamish Triathlon
July 7, 2013
North Shore Knee Knackering Trail Race
July 13, 2013
MEC North Vancouver Race 3
July 27, 2013

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