New Beatty Street bike lanes in front of the Beatty Street Drill Hall were implemented without consultation and will have a direct impact on the health and safety of soldiers, cyclists and Vancouver residents
Vancouver, B.C., June 1, 2016 – Today NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova expressed her disappointment and concern over the implementation of the bike lane in front of the Beatty Street Drill Hall located on the 600 block of Beatty St in downtown Vancouver. With the newly painted bike lanes, military vehicles are now separated from the armoury by a bike lane, and the number of parking spots available for military vehicles has been severely limited.
“The new location of the bike lane means that troops and equipment moving between the armoury and vehicles have to cross a bike lane, which will directly impact the safety of soldiers, cyclists and the public,” said NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova. “This is our only military installation in downtown Vancouver, and in the case of natural disaster or local emergency, our troops need to be able to respond quickly and effectively. The current location of the bike lane severely compromises their ability to perform their duty.”
At a media event today, the Regiment’s Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel and Honorary Colonel commented on the lack of consultation between the City of Vancouver and the Drill Hall. They expressed disappointment at the lack of openness between the City and the Regiment, but were hopeful that a solution could be found moving forward.
“Once again, Vision Vancouver has failed to consult when making major transportation decisions in our city,” continued De Genova. “Instead of working with the Regiment to find a solution that works for both cyclists and the Regiment, they have rammed through this plan and are now threatening to tow the military vehicles.”
Councillor De Genova calls on the Mayor to have senior staff reach out to the Regiment to find a solution that will ensure cyclists can safely move around the city without compromising the safety and security of the men and women in uniform who work out of the Beatty Street Drill Hall.
“It’s time to set politics aside and do what’s right,” said De Genova. “Instead of issuing tickets, the Mayor should be putting the safety and security of Vancouverites first and sit down with the Regiment to find a workable solution.”
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