Squamish bike lanes rejigged after public feedback

Parking-protected bike lanes will be removed in favour of the old bike lanes next to vehicle lanes

Bikers, your voices have been heard.

District staff is returning parking-protected bike lanes back to their original configuration on Queens Way and on Government Road in the North Yards, following public feedback.

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The bike lanes will be returned to their original configuration, where the cyclists are adjacent to the vehicle lanes, and the parked cars are against the curb.

A buffer area between the parked cars and the bike lanes will be painted where possible to improve safety.

The work is scheduled for the July 8 to 12.

Residents told the District that they found the new lanes were less safe than the previous configuration, according to a news release from the District.

The parking-protected bike lanes were part of a 2018 pilot project to see if they would work here.

The feedback showed most thought they didn't work.

The District received a total of 28 emails, 126 Facebook comments and 485 survey responses on the lanes.

Safety concerns regarding sightlines, cars blocking the bike lane when exiting driveways, and the inability of bikers to get out of the way of car doors opening, were among the negative comments about parking-protected bike lanes.

 “While this type of configuration has worked in other places, it clearly did not work in these locations. Community feedback helped to provide valuable user insight which will certainly benefit future projects as we continue our investment in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure," Mayor Karen Elliott said in the release.

 Street parking on Queens Way and Government Road near No Name Road will be affected while the work is in progress.

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