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Swiggum Dunsmuir separated bike laneDunsmuir separated bike lane Carrie Swiggum
Swiggum Dunsmuir separated bike lane
Separated bike lanes are put in place to provide a safe avenue for cyclists where they otherwise would feel vulnerable riding with traffic. That’s the thinking anyway.
This morning a cyclist was hit crossing Seymour St. riding on the Dunsmuir St. separated bike lane in downtown Vancouver. It seemed a BC Hydro truck took a right turn crossing the bike path in a ‘no right turn’ zone. It’s uncertain how the woman is doing (hopefully OK).
As is evident, separated lanes are not guaranteed protection from the hazards of the road, especially in intersections, but “help people feel more comfortable riding in traffic,” says Lacie Hirtle, Lead Project Engineer for the City of Vancouver (see video).