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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 parking lane, and the almost complete protected bike lane upgrade featuring precast concrete curbs, planters, green paint and painted buffers at conflict areas. Take a second to appreciate the change in level of comfort riding in the before condition and the after. If you don’t cycle, perhaps imagine someone you…


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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 ages and abilities bike infrastructure so that they may learn and or experience facilities they might not otherwise have a chance to ride. As I like to seek out and ride these facilities anyway, I figured it would be good to capture some high quality video of them and share…


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 reasonably competent building some basic 3D models of street features. My favourite topic of the moment is raised intersections as this simple improvement would significantly change how we view priorities at conflict points. Read on…

I’ve been through this a few times on this blog, first discussing the benefits and…


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 bike above and I’m as happy as the rock about that! So why did I sell it, read on…

The e-bike was great, it’s a fantastic form of transportation, particularly if you have a hilly commute. The trouble was it was too good, despite riding more, I lost fitness, which…


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 Road Safety Toolkit is freely available and recommends them, it states…

“How it Works: In order to help draw drivers’ attention to pedestrian traffic and help make the right-of-way clear, raised crossings use the same materials as the sidewalk and bikeway, instead of those used for the road. Their purpose…


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 ebikes are becoming increasingly popular. It would seem crazy not to take advantage of them. So how much easier is it? How much quicker is it? read on…

One interesting thing that became apparent on my return to this neighbourhood. Despite regularly biking to work from there in the past…


​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 there’s another problem, even a wide shared lane isn’t really all that good. Is it time to scrap the wide shared lane entirely?

The Sharrow markings are often used in two ways, in a “wide” lane off to the side, or in the centre of a narrow lane. You would…


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 and function can be very differently depending on your priorities. Read on for many different examples and some thoughts on the pros and cons of each.

First up, lets start with the four laner and sidewalks. Chances are, if turns are allowed from the left lane in each direction, the…


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 Edmonton bike grid may have been spurred by competition with local rival Calgary who implemented something similar a few years prior. This one seems to be having the same effect with an increase in those cycling. …


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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