Erin Chutter reports a new grassroots campaign relating to the Burrard Bridge lane experiment…
Keith Roy, a Vancouver realtor, launched a new site today aimed at providing a conduit to aggrieved taxpayers right into City Hall – particularly around the wastage of tax dollars associated with the Burrard Bridge bike lanes. His site: www.unblockthebridge.com provides a form to fill in that gets automatically sent to councillors and the Mayor. It is set up for taxi drivers, delivery folks and just regular drivers to vent their frustrations on the wasted money on two lanes for bikes.
Keith pointed out in a quick chat with me this morning that launching the lane during the lowest traffic season isn’t a good reflection of the success or failure. He also suggested that one dedicated bike lane would be fine, but two on Burrard might be over the top.
"The bike lane trial is a perfect example of Gregor Robertson putting ideology over people," Keith told me. "Closing a lane of traffic on a major downtown artery is not the answer to solving congestion in our city. The mayor is creating more problems then he is solving."
"I’m sure people will be thinking about their 8% property tax hike while they are sitting in traffic. This is an absolute waste of money."
Check out www.unblockthebridge.com – and expect the traffic to soar once September hits.
Note: Keith Roy ran as an NPA Park Board nominee and as well began the "Enough is Enough" campaign in response to gang violence