September 29, 2016

Images from the Comox Greenway

It’s taken a few years, but the Comox Greenway, running from Stanley Park to Burrard, is becoming more heavily used, and loved.
Here are a few shots taken this last weekend:
Ironic perception: the woman with the cane, when asked her opinion about the greenway, felt it was a waste of money because she thought it was only for bikes.  Then she enthusiastically described how she used it as her preferred route when walking, particularly because of the benches and landscaping.
(Larry Frank and Victor Ngo at UBC has documented the before and after effects here.)

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  1. It’s a nice useful addition to the neighbour hood. I use it often to get places. The friends that I know that live on Comox, even the ones that once were against it, just love it. They say it’s so quiet now and it’s nicer to walk around.
    Much like this woman there are still people that look at any multi-modal project and can only see the bike aspect of it. Sad but it’s no accident. Every time there’s a project, no matter how much it benefits other modes, the corporate media puts cyclists in the headline and frame the story so that readers conclude that it’s undeserved.

  2. It might be time to rethink the entire West End’s traffic calming. Much of it was done piece by piece over the years. Could it be redesigned better to still provide the benefits while not being so complicated to figure out?

  3. “the woman with the cane, when asked her opinion about the greenway, felt it was a waste of money because she thought it was only for bikes”
    Maybe if the signs invited people using power wheelchairs and mobility scooters to use the route her perception would be different. Those scofflaw PWD use the bike routes anyway, might as well celebrate (rather than wagging fingers about it being illegal as the city now does).

  4. I’m surprised nobody picked up on this statement: “Gil took aim at the architectural profession, noting that it was time for architectural design to do a better job on the street, with much of False Creek’s older design “looking tired”
    This is obviously the opening salvo in what will surely be a Vision attempt to sweep away the groundbreaking first residential phase of SW False Creek and replace it’s human scale with more of their preferred, trite glass tower model. And being that it is leased land from the city, there will be nobody able to stop them sweeping away our architectural heritage.

    1. Huh? The very next sentence is He expressed the importance of urban design of public space between buildings, thinking about the “missing middle” a housing form in between single family and apartment living, and stressed the importance of thinking as a region to create livability and equity.
      The missing middle describes SW False Creek exactly. Could we perhaps wait to see what is actually proposed – if anything – before we break out the pitchforks and torches?

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