The suburb of Surrey has installed it’s first separated bike lane, not a barrier separated bike lane but a bike lane nonetheless. And unlike in Vancouver, no one is complaining.
The paint separated bike lane on 192 Street between 72 Avenue and 66 Avenue was installed a month ago. This is all part of Surrey’s has plan to add to its 475-kilometre network of bike lanes.
One of the great things is the city is funding a program to teach elementary students how to cycle. This is something that should be mandatory in Vancouver, since it is investing heavily on bike infrastructure.
The parking spots will ultimately be eliminated and the bike lane will remain as the road that will eventually become an arterial median separated with two lanes of traffic in both directions.
Although this particular bike lane hasn’t sparked much debate, if Surrey continues on this path, people will start to complain, especially if parking spaces start to disappear.
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