To be fair to them, the cycle track option (Option 2 in Zone C in this PDF) would be damaging to streetfront retail in the block between Centre St and 1 Street SE. That is one of the few blocks in the downtown core of active, vibrant retail frontage so I think the City should tread carefully here.Residents of Chinatown are fighting street improvements on 3rd Ave now. Is this the most NIMBY neighbourhood in the city now?
The cycle track at one point was meant to be temporary for the period when the riverfront pathway is updated to be wider and with flood protection which requires a multi-summer closure.I don't think the cycle track would make a difference. Most people walk to Chinatown or take the bus, adding another option wouldn't make that much of a difference. Loading for all the restaurants may be impacted as they do it on the sidewalk. That being said, not sure we need a cycle track 2 blocks from the river pathway, further west on 3rd for sure....
Good timing. I just drove past there an hour ago as they were unloading those things and didn't know what they were up to.
I don't see how the cycle track option on this block is damaging, could you please elaborate? The design I see keeps the wide sidewalks, keeps every single one of the many driveway, alley and sidewalk loading zone accesses (half a dozen in one block!) and keeps all of the parking; the main effect of the cycle tracks is to remove the westbound direction of traffic. Which to me isn't much of a loss; it's easy to go around the block either on 2nd or 4th ave. Most recent 6 hour intersection counts have around 900-1000 vehicles eastbound and only 300-400 westbound.To be fair to them, the cycle track option (Option 2 in Zone C in this PDF) would be damaging to streetfront retail in the block between Centre St and 1 Street SE. That is one of the few blocks in the downtown core of active, vibrant retail frontage so I think the City should tread carefully here.
I wonder if 4 Avenue would be a better option for an E/W cycle track?
It sounds like a lot of political hay being made on a small-ish issue. There is an election next year so time to start getting in the news with issues. Apart from milkshakes, few issues bring the "boys to the yard" as good as bicycle controversy so nothing suprising has happened at all so far.Having an actual separated cycle infrastructure track from 1st street SE onto 3rd avenue would be fantastic for Chinatown. I love that block between 1st SE and Centre, even with a track and loading access zones anyone cruising through should be aware of how active it is for all modes. If all of a sudden you could have signage on Riverwalk directing cyclists onto a cycle track that would take them to the many amenities there I'd see little to no downside.