David Sadoway is on faculty and is an instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He sent the following in response to the Cars versus Bikes Stanley Park post.
Perhaps we need add a new term to our analyses, entrenched “automobile-bubble privilege” reducing a single paved traffic lane on a one way two laned road in public park which should be devoted to green public spaces (not efficient road movement/mobility) is hardly a radical move and should have been embraced years ago by Parks Board.
If we really prioritized healthy parks we would instead have a shuttle bus (as others have suggested) and shut down the existing road fully for pedestrians, wheelchairs and others to instead enjoy”.
Perhaps actually studying the impacts that road traffic has on human and biodiversity (including habitat fragmentation and increased noise, air and light pollution). This is a Public Park, not DisneyLand. And I thought it was named Stanley Park, not Stanley Parking lot !
For far too long many of our public city, regional and provincial parks have been built on the assumption that all ‘taxpaying publics’ have equal and universal access to a car/truck (as opposed to say affordable transit or safe biking or walking/rolling flowing paths and networks across our urban/biodiverse fabric). We all fund these roads after all, even if we choose not to own cars/trucks.
The same assumption in the Lower Mainland is made with publicly-funded and protected Cypress and Mounr Seymour Provincial Parks which have trailheads that can be accessed only if one uses a private vehicle. Yes, there are expensive shuttle private buses with sporadic services, but minimally during the peak Summer hiking season.
Ironically Grouse Mountain, with its private gondola and ski hill is the most ‘transit friendly’ immediate access to the North Shore wilds and yet one has to do the Grouse Ground or loop back to Lynn Valley if one does not want to pay the private Gondola operators while not using a car.
Public parking lots and roads inducing automobility (and GHGs not to mention ever reduced urban biodiversity) for exclusive, cosseted private benefit it seems !