Well 2020 was certainly a year to remember. Covid impacted everyone in so many ways, cycling included.
Covid placed restrictions on many of our normal activities, but fortunately getting out on a bike was one of the few that was not. And 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. 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 to this we saw some real concrete progress on the creation of a "Comfortable for Most" cycling network on the North Shore.
Back in 2019 HUB North Shore made Delegations (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:
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.
2020 saw the completion of a fair number of cycling infrastructure projects. Some were major and included key portions of our 3 priority bikeways, while others were short stretches, often disconnected (generally these were "opportunistic", taking advantage of redevelopment or other projects to building the cycling infrastructure cheaply).
Full list of 2020 Cycling Infrastructure improvements.
Overall, from the perspective of cycling on the North Shore, I think that 2020 was a pretty good year, with some great new infrastructure. Also with increased funding for Active Transportation from the Federal and Provincial governments and Municipal Councils increasing investment in Active Transportation, we have high hopes for the next few years.