July 04, 2016

Rammed through with no consultation, Vancouver Mayor Robertson’s bike lane expansion hurts local businesses

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Last week I covered a protest of Vancouver residents demanding that the city spend their tax dollars more responsibly. A major impetus driving protestors to speak up was the launch of a massive bike lane expansion with no consultation of taxpayers. 

The bike lanes are popping up in major intersections throughout the city but will anybody use them?

Even worse, small businesses are being hurt since their customers just lost their parking spots!

A 2011 study showed that Hornby street merchants lost a whopping 11% of sales after the bike lane was installed.

Watch as I speak with a restaurant owner from the area to see if businesses are beginning to feel the impact of the bike lanes on their traffic.

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commented 2016-07-05 15:15:22 -0400
Across our nation today, our so-called political leaders – like one door knob who should be banned, Greg Robertson – don’t really care what you think – unless you think like them…
They have your money, they have your grand children’s money, they know the system is completely corrupt and they know that you don’t know that, and they have years, of what they are taking as a mandate, to hack at and destroy their own little fiefdoms for their own benefit and for their One Worlder masters…that’ll be your community! See: Alinsky’s ‘Rules For Radicals’, Cloward/Piven Strategies, etc.
Do not perceive these people’s actions as stupid – the last thing they or their actions are is stupid…they know exactly what they are doing and that is why these ‘people’ are treasonous swine…
Bike lanes are actually a good idea – in some cities. This is not city planning, it’s jack-booted socialist thuggery!
All of it is. Today.
commented 2016-07-05 09:46:25 -0400
“ndrew if you believe these are for the good you are not too bright,”

I am merely repeating what the professionals found in their report. The Hornby example is literally the only case where negative trends were observed, and even that isn’t really explained by the bike lanes.

Your anecdotes are fascinating – I did my undergrad at U of A and saw dozens of cyclists even in winter (including myself), let alone summer when there are hundreds or thousands,, but the plural of “anecdote” is not “data”.
commented 2016-07-05 08:37:09 -0400
I moved out of Yaletown in 2005…..haven’t stepped foot in Vancouver since. It’s amazing how much free parking is available in the burbs.
commented 2016-07-05 01:47:54 -0400
All the lefties will be whining when taxes get added to the cost of a bike.
commented 2016-07-05 01:46:54 -0400
I think i have seen a grand total of 3 people using a bike lane here in Edmonton, even the one by the progressive U of A i only saw riders on the sidewalk next to the bike lane.
commented 2016-07-05 01:45:38 -0400
Andrew if you believe these are for the good you are not too bright, the same crap happened here in Edmonton , it was a huge waste of time and money. And i doubt if they asked any number of people, they asked people they knew would agree with this. I wonder if you and the Mayor realize bikes require fossil fuels to be built?
commented 2016-07-04 22:50:54 -0400
IT’s interesting, that the same report shows that the separated bike lanes have little impact, to a slight positive, in the vast majority of cases observed.

The Hornby case was the sole exception in the entire thing.

Note, also, that only 20% of patrons arrived by car, and the majority of motorists didn’t change their habits. Something else is at play here.
commented 2016-07-04 22:44:42 -0400
“The citizens should be consulted. "

They were. They want bike lanes.
commented 2016-07-04 20:01:06 -0400
All democratically elected governments are duty bound to give their citizens what they their citizens want or need.
Giving high priced things to minority groups fails to accomplish this, especially when there are greater and more pressing needs.
The citizens should be consulted.
commented 2016-07-04 19:57:58 -0400
Ramadan Bombathon 2016

Muslims often insist that other religions are just as violent as theirs and that the bigger problem is “Islamophobia”.
We put that narrative to the rest each Ramadan with a running count of ALL terror attacks categorized by motive.

Motive – Terror in the name of Islam………………..Attacks = 228…..….Kills = 1651
Motive – All other religions combined …………….Attacks = 0…………Kills = 0
Motive – By Islamophobes…………………………….Attacks = 0…………Kills = 0

Source: TheReligionofPeace.com

Those who live by the sword will be shot by those of us who have progressed.

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commented 2016-07-04 19:34:35 -0400
Gerry Fladager commented 16 mins ago
G.Soros told him to do it.

And then Mayor Robertson proceeded to give Soros his blowjob.
commented 2016-07-04 19:26:01 -0400
More agenda 21 non-sense.
commented 2016-07-04 19:16:54 -0400
G.Soros told him to do it.
commented 2016-07-04 18:27:15 -0400
I wish someone would do a study on the relationship between bicycle riding and prostate cancer.
commented 2016-07-04 18:07:25 -0400
Some city planners have nothing to do but screw up the city.
commented 2016-07-04 17:56:47 -0400
Did anyone else notice how many cyclists went past during the interview? There were so many I lost count.
commented 2016-07-04 17:40:26 -0400
I’m guessing here but I’m willing to bet there is no bike lane in Robertson’s gated community – probably no colored folks either
commented 2016-07-04 17:37:27 -0400
Regressive leftard mayors - peddling fiction