Through the end of July, I had a number of occasions where I travelled from Highland Park to Downtown. This mean frequent use of the 2nd Street NW bicycle route. Though it’s not quite as robust as some of the bicycle boulevard/greenway corridors in Vancouver, i.e. there minimal traffic diverters to limit through traffic and speed limits remain 50km/h instead of the 30km/h I see on Vancouver’s bicycle boulevards, it was definitely efficient and relatively comfortable.
I definitely preferred the intersections with roundabouts, as they allowed me to carry my speed for the most part.
The few intersections that had stop signs were a bit of a pain due to what felt like an unnecessary loss of momentum on very quiet streets.
Though I originally thought I’d prefer sharrows for wayfinding markings, the circular bicycle route markings were actually welcomed in reminding me of what streets I had to turn at, as well as indicating where other bike routes crossed.
I think it would be great to see the City enhance its bicycle boulevard/greenway network as means to make it easier to get around by bicycle, at least in the relatively limited, but important in terms of cycle mode share, central areas of the City where a grid street network exists and such improvements might make sense.
To me, making this entails a few considerations;
More widespread use of roundabouts to allow cyclists to maintain momentum.
Deploying traffic diverters at key locations to limit through traffic.
Reduced speed limits to reduce speed differential between travel modes.
Improving signalization at major cross streets to allow safe and efficient crossing.
Introducing snow and ice control to ensure accessibility in winter.