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LaPointe would consider removing Point Grey bike lane

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DH Vancouver Staff Nov 14, 2014 10:34 am

If Gregor Robertson’s $6 million Point Grey bike lane had you grinding your gears, there’s a possibility it could be dismantled, if Kirk LaPointe had his way.

“I’d consider it if the community says we really want it out … I don’t believe the community was properly consulted,” LaPointe touched on the controversial subject while speaking to CTV Morning Live on Friday.

But LaPointe also mentioned that he would have to consult the process from a financial perspective as well.

“I need to make sure that it’s not going to cost us millions of dollars to dismantle something.”

The bike lane, which runs along Point Grey Rd. from Macdonald to Alma, permanently cut vehicle traffic off from the popular route in January.

Both Gregor Robertson and Mike Harcourt, one of Robertson’s advisors on green transit, own properties along what is now termed the “Golden Mile”, however Robertson recused himself from voting on the subject due to conflict of interest.

The new bike route was installed to increase safety for both pedestrians and cyclists and complete a 28 km route that travels from Coal Harbour to Jericho Beach.

Property values have likely increased on the road reserved for wealthy waterfront homeowners, including lululemon’s Chip Wilson, a known Vision Vancouver campaign donor.

 Featured Image: Stephen Rees/Flickr


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