Seacycles: Aerial video of Vancouver bike lanes
Filmmakers Kathleen Corey and Brian Gould showcase Vancouver's new mega-bike lane.
Bike lanes a go-go
This video celebrates Vancouver bike lanes. "Seacycles: Burrard Bridge to Point Grey Road" shows happy urban and suburban cyclists plying the once-treacherous trail from downtown Vancouver to Jericho Beach, without getting ground into burger by passing steel-and-fiberglass death machines.
Yeah, the first aerial shot uses tilt-shift, but give it a chance. You'll get to see before-and-after footage of the Burrard-Cornwall intersection's metamorphosis from quagmire of nonsense to coherent roadway. Also, you'll see the meandering sidewalk and its wide, green lawn; before on-foot commuters beat a shortcut path from the end of the bridge to the start of Cornwall.
Show this video to a friend who loves all the new bike lanes. Then show it to a friend who hates all the new bike lanes. This project was Vision Vancouver's baby, which is a key reason why lots of people [ ] love [ ] hate them (tick as appropriate).
The first leg of this pathway emerged from COPE and Vision's Burrard Bridge bike lane trial in 2008. However, the overall plan is even older than that: the potential bike path into Point Grey was identified in the Vancouver Greenways Plan, approved by Council in 1995. "Seacycles" shows today's version of the controversial bike lane in the best possible light.
Filmmakers Kathleen Corey and Brian Gould have shot a few other mini-docs about what Corey calls "recent interventions in Vancouver's public realm"; you can see them via the link above. Next they should do a drone-video on people riding across the Burrard Bridge in the wrong bike lane. How does that even happen?)