Cycling all 8.9 kilometers of the Stanley Park Sea Wall is just the thing to do when you visit or live in Vancouver. Cyclists on one side, pedestrians on another, rotating in counter-clockwise fashion. Tandems, unicycles (we caught a few of these the other day), cruisers, mountain bikes, and rollerbladers who hover somewhere in the middle of the divided path. The Vancouver Park Board is currently updating its Stanley Park Cycling Plan and they would like your input.
Draft Stanley Park Cycling Plan
“The vision of the Cycling Plan is to create a cycling network where it is safe, comfortable, and convenient to cycle to and from Stanley Park, and cycle within the park. Central to this vision is enhancing the cycling experience in such a way that it improves the overall park experience for all users while ensuring the preservation of identity and ‘sense of place,’ that is so valued at Stanley Park. This often means balancing competing interests. To achieve this, the plan seeks to: Enhance the Stanley Park Experience for All Users; Put ‘Pedestrians First!’; Improve Cycling as Recreation, and Improve Cycling as Transportation.”
Some issues that are noted in the draft:
- Challenge of one-way system: One way system constrains return to downtown from attractions along the Seawall and in the park.
- Facility contraints: There is insufﬁcient bike parking at major park attractions.
- Conflicts between user groups: Congestion and conﬂict with pedestrians at dismount areas. Conflict between southbound cyclists on the Causeway just south of the
bridge and motorists exiting the Causeway.
- Ecological concerns: Impact of cycling on Stanley Park ecology from activities such as cycling on trails near water bodies.
- Lack of connectivity: Unclear connections in places like the Causeway to Second Beach, Second Beach back to Downtown, Sea Wall and Prospect Point, Lions Gate Bridge to the trails.
- Ineffective signage/wayfinding for cyclists within the park.