The letter writer has provided the following update today (Aug 29):
Carol Reimer I gathered some facts about how long it currently takes me to use my car vs transit. I live in Central Lonsdale where transit is supposed to be pretty good. We have an Aunt in a Care Home in Coquitlam: 23 min by car vs 1 hr 24 min by transit with 3 transfers. We have friends who live in Surrey: 34 min by car vs 1 hr 54 min by transit with 3 transfers. We have friends who live on the Westside: 35 min by car vs 1 hr 15 min by transit. Our son lives off of Commercial Drive: 20 min by car vs 1 hr by transit. My friend lives near Indian River Park on the North Shore: 17 min by car vs 49 min on transit with a 14 minute walk up-hill from Deep Cove. If I visit all of these people in a week, I save 8 hours and 26 minutes by driving versus transit. I am NOT going to ride a bike to these places from the North Shore.
Transportation planners need to look at what real people are doing. City Councils need to put a hold on increasing density until the infrastructure issues are sorted out. The huge investment in bicycle lanes should have been put into mass transit.
We have received the following copy of a letter to the Editor, North Shore News (not yet published):
Since 2011, most Lower Mainland areas have invested heavily in bicycle infrastructure and Folks, it’s simply not making enough of a difference to prevent a significant increase in public harm on our roads.
At the same time our City Councils are ignoring the facts and continuing on with increasing density in our neighbourhoods
without the required vehicle transportation infrastructure to support it.
Add to that the belief that if the buildings don’t provide sufficient parking, people won’t drive! Ludicrous!
inconvenience, more accidents and more harm. However, these
costs are NOT being considered when the developers come to call and provide contributions to city politicians who support increased density beyond the capacity of our infrastructure.