Comment 105928

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted November 04, 2014 at 14:41:51 in reply to Comment 105925

I agree that people forget that the City of Vancouver proper has chosen a very different urban development path than the rest of the GVRD.

But I think the main lesson there is that there was nothing special about Vancouver (beautiful location, lots of rain, west coast crunchy-granola green culture) that led it to re-think its urban design strategy: it was a deliberate choice.

And it really started in the early 70s when the citizens stopped the so-called East End penetrator freeway that would have driven a huge highway through the middle of the city. When they realized they couldn't rely on freeways (or even multi-lane one way freeway-lite streets like in Hamilton), they had to do things differently.

I wrote about this a few years ago:

And, although downtown Vancouver does have a few paired one-ways (much less than Hamilton) they are not the high speed pedestrian aggressive streets we have in Hamilton (sidewalks are wide, ped crossings are located at every block and speeds are lower) ... and several of them have been tamed with protected bike lanes. Although they are one-ways, there is really no comparison with a Main/King/Cannon.

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