After a joint presentation entitled, “Meeting of the Minds: effective strategies for public, private and advocate partnerships,” SF Bicycle Coalition staff saddled up with SFMTA staff for a ride along Vancouver’s bikeways, over to the University of British Columbia. Greenways weave through the campus and bike lockers are provided for students and staff to safely store their bikes.
Heading back toward the conference, the team took the “Seaside” bikeway along the waterfront, past public swimming pools and beaches full of kids on summer break.
According to Neal Patel, our Community Planner, “The Seaside bikeway reminds us a lot of our Bay Trail bikeway. We saw a lot of great ideas for ways to use wayfinding signs to connect our streets and paths along the northern waterfront in San Francisco.” Neal’s also excited about how Vancouver has managed to design their bikeways so that that turning vehicles, valet car parking and pedestrian crossings fit together seamlessly. He’s seen some great ideas that we’d love to pilot on the Embarcadero during America’s Cup.
The team also got to ride over a new separated bikeway on the Burrard Bridge that Vancouver is trialing right now. The bridge feeds directly into downtown, and the separated path has been created by removing one car travel lane and converting it to a bikeway separated by concrete “jersey barriers.” The group reported that when they rode across the bridge full of people biking and walking and seems to not have impacted automobile or bus traffic.
Back in the sessions, our staff were wowed by Robin and Eli, the forces behind the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways project, which works to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can bike to work, school, and through their neighborhoods on calm and green streets. They’re a motivated group who are taking action to improve their city from the ground up. Which reminds us of you, our 12,000 members who work tirelessly to make biking in San Francisco safer for everyone!