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This post charts the progress almost to completion of our (ISL Engineering) recent protected bike lane project in North Vancouver. This video shows a side by side of the original 2nd and 1st Street corridor in North Vancouver featuring painted bike lanes often in the door zone of the…


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Over the past week I’ve slowly been adding videos to my new YouTube channel ‘ Rolling in the City’. In addition to this blog and my flickr page with static images, my intent with this channel is to provide viewers with a virtual ride along mostly high quality all…


With us staying mostly indoors these days other than a bike ride or walk round the neighbourhood, I figured I’d learn something I’ve always wanted to. Modelling transportation ideas in 3D. I signed into Sketchup Free and watched a few YouTube videos, and by the end of the day was…


At the end of 2018 I purchased my first e-bike, you can read about that here. It was a revelation, particularly given the huge climb I have on my way home, it was literally no sweat riding up that hill. But I just sold it and replaced it with the…


I’ve been looking at intersection design a lot lately between Collector Streets and Local Streets. Local streets should prioritise low speed and safety so why don’t we adopt designs that support these priorities?

In BC/Canada at least, there are a few guidance documents that explicitly recommend such designs.

The BC…


Over the holidays I moved from North Vancouver to the UniverCity neighbourhood on Burnaby Mountain. I lived here previously about five years ago, and back then, I just sucked up the large climb up the mountain when I’d bike back from work. Fast forward five years and i’m back, and…


​Shared lanes with painted Sharrow symbols are not a bike facility. They’re an admission that this is a good route for bikes, but a proper safe bike facility is missing. They do not provide safe space to ride a bike, nor do they encourage anybody to ride a bike. ​But…


Quite a lot as it turns out. Does you’re street have just four travel lanes and sidewalks? A design pulled from the golden era of the automobile? If it does it’s likely around 20 metres, a pretty common right-of-way width for streets. How a 20 metre wide street can look…


Last time I was in Edmonton, there wasn’t much positive to say about the street network. Fast forward a few years and theres a grid of protected bike lanes, LRT lines under construction, and interesting streets intended to blur the lines between streets for vehicles and streets for pedestrians.

The…


Today, the first rain in a while is falling, providing some much needed moisture to the ground, water to our reservoirs, and hopefully helping extinguish or control some of the wildfires burning across the Province of British Columbia. Every summer increasing levels of water use restrictions are put in place to preserve our water supply, and with climate change taking effect, it appears that is only going to get worse, in BC at least, Scotland might still be ok. Our roads are a finite resource just like our water supply. Is it time to start thinking about vehicle restrictions like we do water restrictions? The graphic above may be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but maybe its time to start thinking along these lines…

Roy Symons

Thoughts on how we move around, whether by walking or cycling, transit or automobile, and how urban design influences that.

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