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Safer options needed for new bike lanes: Richmond councillor

Last Updated Jan 6, 2020 at 11:33 am PST

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Kelly Greene is calling for all new or updated infrastructure to be protected, hoping more people will travel by bike

One idea is a 'Dutch intersection,' where bikes and pedestrians have clear paths

Greene's motion will go before council Tuesday

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) — Richmond is set to get more bike lanes, and a city councillor wants various options to be looked at, including some from other parts of the world.

Kelly Greene is calling for all new or updated infrastructure to be protected, hoping more people will choose to travel on two wheels. Among her ideas are two-way bike lanes, and “Dutch intersections,” where bikes and pedestrians have clear paths through intersections, with cars going around medians to make turns.

“They’re optimized to make sure that we’re not encouraging drivers to speed through corners, which we often can find in older-style intersections,” she tells NEWS 1130.

The paths will have “vision zero” principles which means no pedestrian or cyclist deaths since they are separated.

“Where bicycles and pedestrians have clear paths that are protected through intersections, and that the cars’ turning radiuses and such are on the other side of medians.”

Greene’s motion will go before council Tuesday.