Sign the online petition to save Commercial Drive. https://www.change.org/p/gregor-robertson-save-our-neighbourhood-commercial-drive-from-bicycle-highways/share?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=new_petition_recruit
We urge the City of Vancouver and the Transportation Department to reconsider its idea to drastically alter transportation and access on Vancouver's historic Commercial Drive.
Construction of bicycle lanes on The Drive will reduce the area’s reputation as a regional destination-shopping neighbourhood, leading to the demise of one of the most historically significant neighbourhoods in British Columbia. More than 83% of the businesses on Commercial oppose dedicated bike lanes on The Drive.
While businesses along The Drive support transportation infrastructure for cyclists, Commercial Drive's unique mix of shops, services and restaurants make it a destination shopping and entertainment district for families from across the Lower Mainland. Small businesses rely on destination shoppers while the local job market relies on those same businesses remaining economically viable.
By installing permanent, dedicated bicycle lanes on The Drive, the City of Vancouver will be taking away from the already limited number of parking spaces for Commercial Drive's visitors and will turn The Drive into a transportation corridor.
There are already existing bicycle routes on either side of Commercial Drive that, if upgraded, would help to serve the needs of cyclists in the area.
With your support, we intend to demonstrate to the City of Vancouver that Commercial Drive is a heritage street in our city, an economic driver in the area, a unique destination for thousands and should not be experimented with.
We urge you to show your support for the small businesses on Commercial, and keep the drive alive!