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Vancouver’s Dunsmuir and Hornby Separated Bike Lanes

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Composed out of a few hours filming on Thursday, July 28, 2011, this video for Spacing Vancouver takes a look at the year-old (Dunsmuir) and six-month-old (Hornby) separated bicycle lanes through downtown, building on last week’s feature on the lanes. This video is available in HD at its Vimeo page.



  1. Love the new separated bike lanes! It would be fabulous if British Columbia had a cycling route similar to Quebec’s Route Vert too….

  2. As an ex-Vancouverite now Torontonian I’m thrilled to see your beautiful bike lanes and truly sad that it will be a long time before we see such progress in Toronto….congrats Vancouver…maybe one day I’ll be back.

  3. The bike lanes can’t be all that good. If cyclists really felt safe using them, then we would not see so many of them wearing helmets.

  4. @ Kevin,

    Riding a bike without a helmet is illegal in B.C. Hence the prevalence of helmet use. 

  5. Vancouver separated bike lanes resulted in more accidents and injuries.
    ICBC data shows a 6-fold spike in accidents on the north end of the Burrard Bridge after bike lanes were installed and a sustained increase (more than 20%) in accidents and injuries a year and a half after bike lanes were installed.  Introducing bike lanes resulted in more accidents and more injuries.  Other cities report similar problems.  Copenhagen reports: “A decline in road safety at junctions has undoubtedly taken place after the construction of cycle tracks [separated bike lanes]”.   City of Helsinki advises that “two-way cycle paths [separated bike lanes] in particular should be avoided in an urban street network.”

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