Gordon Price is a former 6-term CoV Councillor and current Director of the City Program at SFU - has has a lot of expertise in city planning and transportation matters.
I'm somewhat stunned by part of the content in his blog post from yesterday: What do Vancouverites do in the rain?:A few points:We’re sidetracked by the parking meter with the green top – something new in the city. But what’s it mean?
Turns out: for motorcycle parking. But even though there is subtle signage, it’s not at all clear – unfortunately for those cars towed from the space. It’s a small intervention (no doubt the result of lobbying by the B.C. Association of Motorcyclists) – and an ironic one. Since the object is to create a greener city, giving priority to more environmentally responsible modes of transportation, it also results in encouraging more motorcycles – which, given a notable minority’s penchant for unmuffled and noisy engines, makes Yaletown a less livable place.
- motorcycles and scooters don't seem to register as part of a viable transportation alternative - note the stereotyping of pirates and their attention-seeking rides
- BCCOM also doesn't seem to place high on the radar of a high-profile transportation expert : "B.C. Association of Motorcyclists"??
- I've been following regional transportation issues for many years - the most recent initiative is the 2040 Transportation Plan, and motorized 2-wheel transportation is barely mentioned. Where is our advocacy? (cycling advocacy groups are heavily involved)
It's frustrating, and frankly, I expected better from Mr. Price.