I’ve written in the past about how far Vancouver is ahead of Toronto in terms of bike infrastructure, with the separated bike lanes on Hornby and Dunsmuir, the Burrard Bridge lanes, and the niceties such as cyclist push buttons at some signalized intersections.
Another piece of bike infrastructure that I’ve been meaning to check out for a while is the pedestrian/bike bridge that is built into the Canada Line rail bridge that was built for the 2010 Olympics. When the bridge over the Fraser river was put in for the Canada Line, a pedestrian bike bridge was built into the structure. Unthinkable in Toronto; the analogy would be when the Eglinton LRT is built across the Don, they would automatically put in a separated span for pedestrians and bikes. Even this is not a direct analogy since the Canada Line bridge is rail only.
Here I am on the ramp approaching the bridge.
I’m on my trusty Dahon Speed Uno.
The two or three cyclists that I talked to were justifiably proud of this pathway, and they all nodded sympathetically when I talked about what it was like to bike in Toronto.
Two take home messages from the ride: Vancouver cyclists are lucky, and a folding bike is great for multi-modal transport.