Selling Bike-Ped Infrastructure: Vancouver Shows How It’s Done

Now for some positive cycling news. Vancouver, British Columbia, in response to an infrastructure-driven jump in ridership, is installing a new separated two-way bike corridor on downtown’s Dunsmuir Street. The project itself, part of an eventual network of protected lanes, seems impressive enough. But as this video shows, the would-be "greenest city in the world" absolutely nails the presentation.

Check it out — the animation, the cameo by Mayor Gregor Robertson. And if you can say "no" to city engineer Lacey Hirtle, I don’t want to know you.

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