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Well 2020 was certainly a year to remember.
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'''2020 was certainly a year to remember.'''
Covid impacted everyone in so many ways, cycling included.
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Covid placed restrictions on many of our normal activities, but fortunately getting out on a bike was one of the few that was not. In fact Dr Bonnie Henry repeatedly encouraged people to get out a cycle. The uptake was easily seen in the long waits for bike repairs, limited or sold our stock at bike shops and most importantly lots more people out cycling. Politicians and Municipal staff took note. We saw several quickly launched experiments for "slow streets" and other efforts to enable/encourage people to get out on their bikes.
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By Don Piercy, Chair, HUB Cycling North Shore Committee
  
In addition to this we saw some real progress on the creation of a "Comfortable for Most" cycling network on the North Shore.
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COVID-19 impacted everyone in so many ways, including cycling.
  
Back in 2019 HUB North Shore made Delegations ([[Presentations_to_governments | presentations]]) to the 3 North Shore Councils recommending multi-year Investment in a prioritized build out of a safe and appealing network of bikeways, starting with HUB North Shores 3 priority bikeways:
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COVID placed restrictions on many of our normal activities, but fortunately getting out on a bike was one of the few that was not. Dr. Bonnie Henry repeatedly encouraged people to get out and cycle. The uptake was easily seen in the long waits for bike repairs, limited or sold our stock at bike shops and most importantly, lots more people out cycling. Councils and municipal staff took note. We saw several quickly launched experiments for "slow streets" and other efforts to enable/encourage people to get out on their bikes.  
[[file:3Bikeways.png | center | frame]]
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In 2020 we saw both the City of North Van & [[2020-DNV-Plan |District of North Van]] proposing prioritized, multi-year cycling infrastructure programs.
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In addition, municipalities made concrete progress toward the creation of a "Comfortable for Most" cycling network on the North Shore.
West Van implemented a "Slow street" experiment and is now looking into enhancing it and making it permanent and expanding it to cover more slow streets.
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In 2020 we saw the completion of a fair number of new infrastructure projects. Some were major and key portions of our 3 priority bikeways, while others were short stretches, often disconnected, but these are often "opportunistic" and take advantage of redevelopment or other projects to building the cycling infrastructure cheaply.
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Back in 2019, HUB North Shore made delegations ([[ Presentations_to_governments |presentations]]) to the three North Shore Councils. We recommended a multi-year investment in the construction of a network of safe and appealing bikeways, starting with HUB North Shore's three priority bikeways below (pink lines):
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[[file:3Bikeways.png | left| frame | link=Goals | HUB North Shore's Goals]]
  
[[File:2020maps1.png|link=https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=19smldZUFPf5PoqaqXh4OSoT68MpIIGb2|center|800px|frameless| Click on map to view interactive version, then click on segment for details ]]
 
  
Full list of 2020 Cycling Infrastructure improvements.
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This past year we saw both the City of North Vancouver & [[2020-DNV-Plan |District of North Vancouver]] proposing prioritized, multi-year cycling infrastructure building programs. West Van implemented a "Slow street" experiment and is now looking into making an enhanced version permanent and expanding it to cover more slow streets.
  
Overall, from the perspective of cycling on the North Shore, I think that 2020 was pretty good, with some great new infrastructure. Also with increased funding for Active Transportation from the Federal and Provincial governments and the higher priority Municipal Councils are showing I have high hopes for the next few years.
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In addition, 2020 saw the completion of a fair number of cycling infrastructure projects. Some were major and included key portions of our priority bikeways, while others were short stretches, often disconnected (generally these were "opportunistic", taking advantage of redevelopment or other projects to build cycling infrastructure cheaply).
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Here's a full list of North Shore [[media:2020_improvements.pdf | infrastructure projects completed in 2020]].
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[[File:2020maps1.png | x305px | link=https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1XIzjIRpWGHSkP4aCQbA8bHc4xQzTZytr | Click on the map to view interactive version, then click on a segment for details ]]
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Click on the Map to explore an interactive version with more information.
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Overall, from the perspective of cycling on the North Shore, 2020 was a pretty good year, with some great new infrastructure. Looking forward 2021 looks like a good year. Increased funding for active transportation from Federal and Provincial governments combined with municipal implementation plans, gives us high hopes.

Latest revision as of 13:30, 5 March 2021

2020 was certainly a year to remember.

By Don Piercy, Chair, HUB Cycling North Shore Committee

COVID-19 impacted everyone in so many ways, including cycling.

COVID placed restrictions on many of our normal activities, but fortunately getting out on a bike was one of the few that was not. Dr. Bonnie Henry repeatedly encouraged people to get out and cycle. The uptake was easily seen in the long waits for bike repairs, limited or sold our stock at bike shops and most importantly, lots more people out cycling. Councils and municipal staff took note. We saw several quickly launched experiments for "slow streets" and other efforts to enable/encourage people to get out on their bikes.

In addition, municipalities made concrete progress toward the creation of a "Comfortable for Most" cycling network on the North Shore.

Back in 2019, HUB North Shore made delegations (presentations) to the three North Shore Councils. We recommended a multi-year investment in the construction of a network of safe and appealing bikeways, starting with HUB North Shore's three priority bikeways below (pink lines):

HUB North Shore's Goals


This past year we saw both the City of North Vancouver & District of North Vancouver proposing prioritized, multi-year cycling infrastructure building programs. West Van implemented a "Slow street" experiment and is now looking into making an enhanced version permanent and expanding it to cover more slow streets.

In addition, 2020 saw the completion of a fair number of cycling infrastructure projects. Some were major and included key portions of our priority bikeways, while others were short stretches, often disconnected (generally these were "opportunistic", taking advantage of redevelopment or other projects to build cycling infrastructure cheaply).

Here's a full list of North Shore infrastructure projects completed in 2020.

Click on the map to view interactive version, then click on a segment for details

Click on the Map to explore an interactive version with more information.

Overall, from the perspective of cycling on the North Shore, 2020 was a pretty good year, with some great new infrastructure. Looking forward 2021 looks like a good year. Increased funding for active transportation from Federal and Provincial governments combined with municipal implementation plans, gives us high hopes.

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