Who let the pooch out

Even dogs enjoy the thrill of cycling. At the City of Vancouver’s Urban Bike Fair today, I spotted two pooches in cyclists’ pouches.

The Dunsmuir Street separated bike lane is officially open. Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver and Amy Walker, publisher of Momentum Magazine gave little talks on the joys of cycling. Proper cycling infrastructure, such as this new separated bike lane, prevents cyclists from being smeared by cars.

But it was a commentary in the Vancouver Sun by Geoff Meggs, Vancouver city councillor, that made the day. In Cyclists are Not Freeloaders, Meggs claims that while only .5 percent of city roads are exclusively bike routes, cyclists represent four percent of the trips. Most city road improvements are paid through property taxes and so, he argues, cyclists aren’t getting a free ride because everyone pays property taxes one way or another. He neglected to mention that businesses pay more, but I’m sure that will get corrected in the letters-to-the-editor page.

Left, Mayor Gregor Robertson. Above, Amy Walker, publisher of Momentum Magazine.

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