Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Big Zero Sum BIke Caper

The City of Vancouver claims that a recent survey of some 300 people proves that the famous Burrard Street Bike Lane joke has been a clear winner.

I have given this matter serious and prolonged consideration.

For ages upon ages, I posted my daily count of bicycles.

That is, until I tired of the whole silly thing.

Here is my conclusion, rigged and slanted and unreliable surveys aside:

This has been a nothing, a non-event, a smoke-screen for lack of action and ineptitude on other more pressing issues.

The net result of wasting $1.5 Million of public tax money is zero.

No big rush of bikes, no big traffic snarls.

Just headlines and arguments and the spending of tax dollars on an irrelevancy.

Feh! Poo-poo.



Anonymous said...

the next bicycle idiocy will put bike lanes in the middle of the road.

Anonymous said...

More than anything, I think the Burrard Street Bike Lane served as a test on the citizens of Vancouver.

GOV'T: Let's do something really unpopular and see what happens!
PEOPLE: Bitch, whine and moan, then give up any further opposition after 2-3 weeks

Next up....the HST, Skytrain expansion down Broadway, tax hikes up the wazoo, legal heroin for addicts, a number of "insane" green policies under the Vision banner.

Face it...we're sheep...and the sheppards in power like it that way.

Gavin said...

This will give them the excuse, next spring to put another lane northbound on the car deck and give the sidewalk on the east side back to the pedestrians so that they can observe the Olypmic Village to the east.....ala Mecca!

Anonymous said...

The sad fact is, Vancouver is being run by bureaucrats and not politicians and as we all know: "Bureaucrats rise to their own level of their incompetence" or better known as the Peter Principle.

The Peter Principle is the principle that "In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence." It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1969 book The Peter Principle, a humorous treatise which also introduced the "salutary science of Hierarchiology", "inadvertently founded" by Peter. It holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their "level of incompetence"), and there they remain, being unable to earn further promotions. This principle can be modeled and has theoretical validity.[1] Peter's Corollary states that "in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out his duties" and adds that "work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence".

Evil Eye

Anonymous said...

I never knew how I was subjecting myself my wife and my 3 now grown David, I was born and raised in the West EndWe lived on 1257Barclay, 850 Bidwell, Davie at Broughton,Nelson and Cardero. I spent my life from 1953 to 1971 invarious locations. To this day my family will load uo our bikes in the back of our pick up ( Ford F250 V10) and go cycling around Stanely Park or jJerico or UBC.Little did I know that myself my wife and my now grown up 3 sons were crossing the Burrard Bridge in an unsafe manor.

I am now suffering post Burrard Bridge trauma. Please find out where at Vancouver city hall I can get compensation.