We don’t have many Traffic Highs in this city, so those we do feel extra special.
Like the downhill slope on Nelson Street, from Burrard Street to the Cambie Bridge.
It’s so sweet when it all comes together: the car gliding with gravity, the right music at the right beat, no stalls, no swerves – and you hit every light! Without changing pace or lane. Just like it was meant be.
That’s a Traffic High. And since there aren’t many one-way arterials in this city, it’s almost impossible to get harmony when everything is moving and making left-hand turns.
But there’s a good chance we will get another soon – on the arterial that crosses Nelson at Richards. It has an almost-finished separated bikeway that will be a real treat. Potentially a Traffic High.
There’s a perfect downhill slope on Richards from Dunsmuir to False Creek. Once at a sustained speed, the cyclist won’t need to pedal much. Thank you gravity and inertia. If the lights are timed so that the bike can hit the signals without changing speed or stopping, well, that’s biking bliss.
For both cars and bikes it would be the Richards Traffic High.