Transportation: What would get you on your bike?

about 6 years ago
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Richmond is flat and is great for cycling.  Are there enough nearby bike routes that take you where you want to go?  Where are you going?  Where are you coming from?  Would you prefer direct bike routes on major roads or slightly indirect bike routes on neighbourhood streets?  More off-street bike paths?  All of the above?

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  • sschroeder over 9 years ago
    More bike paths like williams and railway that would take you on loops around richmond. More roadway paths to the roads heading toward the dyke heading through the farm lands (ie #4 road, #3 Road, #2 road)More secure bike storage around the city, especially malls, community centres etc... Bikes are getting too expensive these days to lock them to traditional bike racks.
  • richmondite84 over 9 years ago
    My concern is other drivers on the is my biggest concern. I think brining awareness to others who share the road about the importance of sharing the road would get me on my bike..
  • Rooting for a liveable city over 9 years ago
    I'd like to see neighbourhood bike routes... that is a bike route that is not on an arterial road, but connects busy road bike lanes with shared roadways (like in Vancouver, where a residential road is designated as a cycling road, and doesn't have a separate lane).In years past I've suggested that Gibbons Drive would be a good candidate, connecting the Granville Avenue cycling lane with the Dyke. This would allow folks to cycle from central Richmond to the dyke and the developing Terra Nova Nature Park and Bird Sanctuary.Unfortunately, many people think that any road that is designated for bicycles can't be a shared roadway, but needs a separate lane. Education is a key component to get people to hop onto a bike and do some of their local travels.
  • mrtini over 9 years ago
    Separation would be a good beginning. I mean putting a physical barrier between the cyclist and the motorist. I see this as the biggest obstacle in persuading people to leave the car at home and getting on a bike. Putting in place some type of barrier along the major routes would give a cyclist, especially the inexperienced, a level of confidence that they will not be hit by a driver distracted by a cell phone, GPS, radio, etc.
  • Olga over 9 years ago
    We need to provide the bicycle lines for the routes to the places of the recreational cycling, for example when you cycle to the Iona beach park, the cycling line is patchy and it ends in some places making cycling dangerous and less attractive.
  • Kate over 9 years ago
    I agree with the idea of separation. If the lanes are separated, maybe we can have rules to allow cycling without a helmet in the bike lane, another convenience that will attract us to get on the bike.
  • Resident over 9 years ago
    On weekends (especially in the summer), prohibit cars from Steveston Village. Let the drivers park outside the perimeter and walk. Shopkeepers could set up tables on the sidewalk - similar to what happens during the Salmon Festival. This would allow pedestrians to walk/bike on Moncton Street making the area more pleasant to be in, greener, and more inviting to tourists as well as locals.
  • seniorC over 9 years ago
    I couldn't find a question on this page that addressed my concerns, proving that asking questions elicits only what is presently in your own thinking!What is needed to get more people walking (other than poverty)?I find the sidewalks are in poor shape in many places - raised bricks, uneven asphalt, cracks, holes and puddles. I have also been frightened by speeding cyclists coming up behind me on the sidewalk - no bells, no warning. I look with envy at the renewal of blacktop on the roads with very little attention to renewing sidewalks. All this has led me to walk in bike lanes facing traffic - the roadway is even and smooth and I am not always having to walk on the slopes of driveway entrances.(many "sidewalks" are nothing more than a series of driveway entrances.) Of course I have to keep aware of inattentive drivers, particularly at intersections where I usually seek safety by getting back up onto the sidewalk since many drivers first make their turn using the bike lane.I dont feel particularly safe either on the sidewalks or the cycle lanes but believe if cyclists can use the sidewalks, I should be able to use the cycle lanes!
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    • Admin Commented June over 9 years ago
      Thank you for your comments about Richmond sidewalks. Richmond has over 1,133 kilometers of sidewalks and over 556 km of paved roads in Richmond. The maintenance and upgrades to that much infrastructure needs to be strategically planned through our annual capital budget (balancing all city infrastrucutre repairs to pipes, facilities, streetlights, roads, and sidewalks). The city presently budgets $230,600 for the maintenance of sidewalks which would include repairs and the complete replacements of sidewalks and curb and gutter. The priorities are those near hospitals, schools, and high traffic areas to increase vehicle and pedestrian safety. Many sidewalk repairs and upgrades are completed in conjunction with our Pavement Management System whereby sidewalks, curb and gutters are identified and replaced prior to the roadway being resurfaced. Our maintenance programs respond to tripping hazards and areas not identified in the Pavement Management System.
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      • Richmondman over 9 years ago
        I don't think we have 1133 km sidewalk along the 556 kM paved roads. (556 x2 = 1112) This figure shows all paved roads has sidewalk on both sides. It is not correct as I saw so many paved road without sidewalks, especially at the house rebuild area.Why not renew the bylaws to force the contractor to cover the ditch and build the sidewalk for every new house construction in their own cost?
  • losttrekker over 9 years ago
    I have traveled in lots of Latino countries and they encourage people to use bikes by shutting down some of the main roads in the city centres on Sundays so everyone can ride their bikes. It encourages people to get out as a family and it results in more people choosing that mode of transportation on a regular basis. It is great for people who may not be confident riding by giving them a safe enviroment to try it out in. If Mexico City & Quito can do it why can't we?
  • Sparky over 9 years ago
    Safety is the biggest issue. I will only ride on the sidewalk (not really a good idea) to the dike. The dike is my preferred location and those that bike there really need to share the access with those who walk.