I love the potential of bike lanes. With a capability of moving so many people per hour, how could we not want to embrace that? They work in other cities, so naturally, we should jump on board. Now that we have a top notch bike network, I’m shockingly disappointed at the results. According to our metrics, we’re currently seeing about 1,000 total trips per day, with no indication of how many of these trips are duplicate counts, leisure vs. commute. Or if there’s any insight to the allegations of fanatics aiming to skew the numbers.
Administration was supposed to measure four items with targets set against the 2016 baseline (for which I cannot find said baseline) for each one:
- Weekday cyclist trips
- Proportion of female cyclists riding downtown
- Reported number of cyclist-related injuries
- Number of positive use experiences/citizens feeling safe downtown
As I understand the data, if a student were to cycle along 106 Street from 100 Avenue to MacEwan University, then back at the end of the day, this would be counted as four trips for the day. These trips are then presented in a manner that feels like each count is a unique rider.
Not all routes are being counted each day. Administration is supposed to perform counts approximately every two weeks, yet some of these counts are a day apart while others are a month apart.
We’ve given the bike network a more than fair opportunity. We spent $7.5 million for 7.8 km of bike lanes, plus $625,000/year for upkeep. Bike lanes are even prioritized as arterial roadways for snow removal, where the snow is usually cleared before the adjacent street.
I’m not trying to kill the bike network, but I’d like to know what went wrong. Unfortunately, I cannot find enough results for the items we were supposed to measure. Do you feel there is appropriate value for your taxes, or do you feel as mislead as I do?