Tweeting a perspective that is incredibly nuanced in 280 characters is always an error in judgement. I made that error.
But since my ‘shit’ tweet has garnered so much attention I figured better to expand on my thinking – especially when it comes to safety and the responsibilities of drivers when it comes to pedestrian safety.
I fully support slow streets. I fully support roadway management that aims to reduce vehicle traffic where possible and at a minimum slow traffic to reduce possible harm.
I fully support existing speed limits on Broadway, Main St, Downtown, West 4th, Commercial Drive, the list goes on, AND also support even slower speed limits on streets where that makes sense. I have felt the risk with people speeding down my residential street when my children were young or as a pet owner. I had no intention in raising a debate about speeding up cars in 90% of the city.
My point, although poorly made, is that in Vancouver there are six lane arteries that circumvent and feed into the more dense areas of the city including UBC and the downtown core. Drivers routinely travel 70 – 80 km/hr on these streets which is extremely dangerous and puts every other person at risk.
It could be argued the natural flow of traffic travels at 60 km/hr minimum on these stretches of roadway. It is very difficult to drive 50 km/hr – and if you do people routinely swerve and cut in and out of traffic to get around the slowest vehicle. And they can do this because there are three lanes at a minimum, bidirectionally. The obvious risk to pedestrians is unpredictable speeds of oncoming vehicles.
My point was to consider potential danger caused where traffic speeds are too slow given the design of the roadway.
I want to be perfectly clear I have no intention in advocating for higher speed limits anywhere in the city. To all those who have shared their thoughts, I have heard you. And no, I have no interest in being on the radio tomorrow morning to further discuss.
Bad take. Tone deaf to the broader conversation. Got it.