Vancouver installed separated bike lanes on Hornby last December. I went to check them out last week, as a follow up to last year’s post about the Dunsmuir bike lanes. The new bike lane allows you to bike from False Creek down to Canada Place.
BTW, this is what biking on Hornby looked like last summer.
These bike lanes are still somewhat controversial, with the loudest opposition coming from motorists and local merchants. Here are some usage statistics and here is a quote: “Preliminary results indicate that vehicle travel times along Hornby Street, between Pacific and Hastings, are unchanged on weekday mornings and have increased by one minute (from 5½ to 6½ minutes) on weekday afternoons. This increase is equivalent to one traffic signal cycle. Travel time data collection will continue.”
I’m fully aware of the irony of writing this post the day after Toronto City Council voted to paint out three bike lanes. One of these was Jarvis, of course, where city staff had similarly documented minimal delays for car traffic due to the bike lane.
If you have 12 minutes, here is a video of the entire bike lane.
This is the start of the bike lane, just steps in from False Creek. This end is an easy connection to the bike trail around False Creek, as well as the Cyquabus to Granville Island. You can see from the markings and the plastic posts that this is a two way bike lane.
At the busier intersections, such as this one with Nelson, there is a light sequence with separate signalling for cars making right turns, and bikes travelling straight through. Here, the cars can turn right, and the bikes are stopped.
One further note about the bike lane. I biked back to False Creek, but I turned right on Pacific so that I could connect with the Burrard Bridge bike lane, southbound. This cyclist was brave enough to take the left turn lane on Pacific, but I was not. Although northbound cyclists from the bridge have a protected lane on Pacific that allows a safe connection to Hornby, I didn’t see any similar accommodation for the reverse direction. Perhaps I missed something.
At any rate, it will be interesting to see how the Hornby Bike Lane is received in the long run. It is wonderful for cyclists. However, there is the potential for pedestrian / cyclist conflict all along the route.