Critical Pedal (Vancouver Cycling Documentary)

Critical Pedal (Vancouver Cycling Documentary)

Critical Pedal – Documentary, 2010, Color, HD, 7 minutes, 8 seconds


Critical Pedal is changing the way people think about transportation.


Geoff Meggs
Councillor – City of Vancouver

Arno Schortinghuis
President – Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition

Amy Walker
Publisher, Creative Director – Momentum Magazine

Louise Fenwich
Customer – Our Community Bikes

Matt Dagley

Ryan Hennigar

Director of Photography
Alyssa Nicholson

Philippe Pasqua

Main Title
Richard Neufeld

Philippe Pasqua

Sound Editor
Ryan Hennigar

Philippe Pasqua

Special Thanks:
Ryan McKee
City of Vancouver

ten years ago the city created a set of priorities for transportation and especially in the downtown but it's a citywide policy we want first of all to encourage people to walk secondly cycling third we'd like to encourage public transiting the car comes last my name is Amy Walker and I am a co publisher of momentum magazine we distribute a magazine or across North America and we talk about the emerging transportation bike culture the reason that we started was because there are a lot of people who ride their bikes for transportation and sometimes you can be very isolated when you're just out on the road by yourself on your bike so the magazine is a way of of creating a connection between all these different people who are riding in all these different places I think Vancouver is quite good we have bike routes that go north-south and we have bike routes that go east-west and we have connections between our downtown and the the municipality is surrounding it I actually started cycling before I was born my parents that's how they got around was my bike so one when my mother was pregnant with me she must have been riding around on her bike so that's how I started mistake a lot of people make is they they get an old mountain bike and they'll put a pack on their back and then they get frustrated because it's so difficult what you need is a light bike a road bike like this a lot of good bike shops in town but that's all these bikes these these commuter bikes are lightweight they're really easy to get around on I got this particular bike at our community bikes we're lucky to have our community bikes because it's a thriving active really amazing community center where people can come and learn skills and meet each other and get greasy and it's a neat looking place it's got you know just art up on the walls and a funky attitude it's not about making money right they're here to help you too your fix your bike the cheapest possible I don't need to spend the money it would cost to take it into a regular bike shop I can bring it here work on it on my own they really help you out a lot bikes are not that complicated if you think of what it would be like to work on your car and what it would be like to work on your bike you can figure out your bike you can try it most people can work on their own bike the biggest problem is probably the weather right now it's not too bad if you get really heavy snow that's a challenge of course some people they put studded tires on their bike if it rains you need good rain gear you need booties on your feet to keep the rain off your shoes you need a good jacket and rain pants I don't have to sit in a stinky bus and I don't have to sit in traffic it's fun to splash around in the rain on your bike the political advocacy that has come with of especially the Vancouver area cycling coalition it's done an unbelievable amount of work to bring the city to the table to force the investments which is the only way you're going to grow the cycling community the Canada Line Bridge is one of our big accomplishments this wouldn't have happened if it weren't for our for our advocacy work it's a 10 million dollar addition to the Canada Line bridge the nice wide bike path pedestrian bike path that goes across the river here it's a beautiful structure and as you can see by the tracks in the snow here it's quite well used putting the full bike lane on either side of the broad bridge which had been tried in 90s and spectacularly failed that bridge was identified as the critical pedestrian and cycling crossing at Falls Creek now we have one lane dedicated the cycling going southbound we have the sidewalk going northbound what we'd like to see is another lane going northbound for cyclists the pedestrians can have the east side walk I think that but that would be a great solution but so far it's working really well it's been very successful it's going to stay in right through the Olympics and then the bridge redesign will incorporate the best possible cycling infrastructure we need to learn we need to educate ourselves as drivers and as cyclists about our etiquette on the road and our manners and what is you know legal and what is acceptable I'd like to see ICBC and and the police work out a province-wide program so that when people were buying bikes there was an element of training and when motorists were getting their training they understood where the cyclists read we have a streetwise cycling course that teaches adults to how to be more confident and safe riding in traffic we teach also Elementary and now also high school students we did two back to work weeks this year and we're actually extending it now into December we have and what we do there is we encourage people to commute to work by bike next year we'll implement this it's called the sequal vias where you shut down a road first for several hours on a Sunday and this have cyclists pedestrians skateboarders using the roadways for for that period of time we also doubled the spending on bicycle infrastructure we were only spending about 1.7 million a year we put that up to three point four that means we're calming more bike routes we're putting in a few more bike lanes we're putting in some more actuated crossings so the cyclists and pedestrians can cross so we're getting up to the real goals that are being achieved elsewhere like 30 40 percent mode share by bicycle we've got the climate for it whereas we've got a very analogous climate to Copenhagen but we have a very poor mode share in most of the city two weeks ago we started on the Arbutus line it's a rail corridor that's not being used anymore and it goes all the way across Vancouver right close to the broad bridge and we're actually starting the process of campaigning to make that into a bike route we're going to create that plan and embed it right in the transportation planning cycling could be part of the solution you

8 thoughts on “Critical Pedal (Vancouver Cycling Documentary)”

  1. Bicycle infrastructure planners in our area(OCTA) have one thing in their mind , how to get the bicycle off the street, by building more bike path for recreational cyclists. Little or nothing about planing for replacing cars with bicycles for utility purpose.
    They have no research of how the people commute or shop in their community and how to make it easier by bicycle.
    I went to one of those meeting organized by OCTA, I was the only one on a bicycle. There's a full of cars in the parking lot and I didn't find one bicycle outside not even on the car rack.
    Their idea is, if we make it, they'll come.
    They have no way of getting feed back from the public either, as if they already know everything.

    City officials aren't far behind. Their idea of their job is to catering for the developers by making the roads more friendly to cars, as if to think that the car culture will last forever. Despite of that developer friendly policy, there are many business going out leaving vacant offices behind.

  2. I still wish there were more dedicated bike lanes and routes, because having to cycle with Vancouver traffic can be downright terrifying at times.
    This is especially true for someone like me, who needs to get from mid-south Vancouver to downtown Vancouver to get to work. Everything after (and including) the Cambie Bridge is great, but getting there can be tricky becaues the roads simply aren't made with cyclists in mind.

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