About 200 people packed a Vancouver church hall last night to discuss the city's plans to put in dedicated bike lanes on Point Grey Road and Cornwall Avenue.
The overwhelming majority opposed the idea, saying it will rob people of needed parking while pushing more vehicles onto other roads that are already clogged.
“I have a lot of friends on the staff and I ask each of them, ‘Is this your decision, an engineering decision?’ and they all say no,” said former city councillor George Puil, a critic of the plan.
“This is a decision of city council. They are trying to ram this down our throats ... They are really not listening to the general public. Look at the number of people in this room."
The city is looking at two options for Point Grey Road. One would still allow for westbound commuter traffic with new bike lanes added. The other would close the street to all but local traffic between MacDonald and Alma streets, a 1.3-kilometre stretch of road.
City staffer Jerry Dobrovolny told the audience the plan is still a work in progress, and asked everyone to have faith in the process.
"There have been a number of questions. There have been a number of concerns and I have heard a clear request to take more time,” he said.
But residents say city hall isn't really listening and they are demanding a moratorium on any new bike lanes in the Kitsilano neighborhood.
City staff are expected to make their recommendation to council later this summer.
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Stanley Park Seawall
Maybe not the toughest bike ride in the world, but it's certainly among the prettiest. The Stanley Park seawall is a simple, leisurely ride that gives you a panoramic view of Vancouver's most beautiful scenery. Begin your ride at Lost Lagoon, just off Georgia Street, then enjoy a paved path that takes you past the Stanley Park totem poles, under the Lions Gate Bridge and finally to English Bay. There the path continues around False Creek up to Granville Island.
Pacific Spirit Park Trails, UBC
Go in, get lost. That's the best way to enjoy the extensive network of hiking and biking trails at UBC's Pacific Spirit Park. The trails vary in difficulty but all of them take you into an urban forest that can make you feel as though you're thousands of kilometres away from the city.
UBC rests alone on a peninsula, just outside the city boundary. It's one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada, unique for its natural setting that allows ample opportunity for clear thinking. The Loop begins roughly around 10th and Blanca, though that's not the only place you have to start. Head south on Blanca, then turn right on to the UBC highway and keep on the shoulder to stay safe. Along the way you'll see sporadic glimpses of the ocean, Thunderbird Stadium, student residences, and even the president's majestic house.
Pipeline, Mt. Fromme, North Vancouver
Only experienced bikers need apply. <a href="http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Mt-Fromme-Pipeline-near-North-Vancouver-BC-4" target="_hplink">Pipeline is a difficult trail that forces extreme cyclists to climb over berms, ladders and natural single-track</a> for about two kilometres, says TrailPeak.com. It says something about this trail that it's one of the easier ones on the North Shore. Wear plenty of padding on this trail, there are plenty of opportunities to hurt yourself.
Park your car at No. 5 Road and Dyke Road in Richmond and then <a href="http://www.bcliving.ca/entertainment/bike-riders-rejoice-the-top-spots-to-cycle-in-metro-vancouver#Vancouver-Bike-Steveston" target="_hplink">just start riding one of the best trails in the region</a> as recommended by BC Living. This path takes you through marshlands, a slough, a heritage shipyard and finally a charming little fishing village with some of the best fish 'n' chips that B.C. has to offer. Carry on past the village and you'll hit the Steveston Dyke, which wends its way alongside the Fraser River until you get to central Richmond.
Burnaby Mountain Trail System
Burnaby Mountain hosts an extensive network of trails that vary in difficulty. Nestled for the most part on the mountain's east side, they take you along North Road close to the city's boundary with Coquitlam, says the Vancouver Trails website. The Dead Moped Trail is a technical path that forces cyclists to ride skinnies, ramps and logs, while Mel's and Nicole's Loop 1 gives you a softer ride along some natural obstacles.
Traboulay PoCo Trail
The <a href="http://www.portcoquitlam.ca/Page444.aspx" target="_hplink">Traboulay PoCo Trail</a> is a 25-kilometre network of trails that takes users through a natural and urban environment, says the City of Port Coquitlam website. The trail begins in Port Coquitlam's downtown area before taking users into the Colony Farm, a pristine area with over 150 bird species. Then it takes you along the Pitt and Coquitlam Rivers before ushering riders back to the community centre.
Valley Trail, Whistler
Whistler isn't just a playground for extreme winter athletes; it's also a destination for cyclists who want to take advantage of some rough natural terrain. The Valley Trail is good training for people who aren't used to the lumps and bumps. It's 40 kilometres of paved trail that begins at the south end of town, taking cyclists through every Whistler neighbourhood, the village and beyond. It's a great way to get a feel for the sheer size of the town.
Comfortably Numb, Whistler
This expert trail doesn't just get its name because its designer is a Pink Floyd fan. Comfortably Numb is a 24-kilometre trek that truly gives Whistler its reputation as a biking destination. It begins at the base of Wedge Mountain and takes you across treacherous terrain with bridges, ramps and single track, with plenty of bumps along the way.
Pemberton Meadows Road, Pemberton
Venturing beyond Whistler, one of the prettiest rides you'll find is the the Pemberton Meadows Road, which traverses some of the province's most pristine agricultural land. It isn't strictly a bike trail, more a ride along the shoulder of a quiet road with valleys and hills rolling all around you. Save a trip for Aug. 18, and you could take part in the <a href="http://www.slowfoodcyclesunday.com/" target="_hplink">Slow Food Cycle</a>, when property owners open up their farms for visitors to sample the fruit of the land.