It has been discombobulating to see cycling advocates and green crusaders battling over a proposed bike lane through Kitsilano Beach Park. More often they are on the same side, chanting anti-car slogans in unison.
For the beach-goers, picnickers, ball players, dog walkers, people watchers and others who treasure the little stretch of parkland that borders Arbutus to the east and salt water to the west, as well as the grassy knoll along Cornwall, the idea of laying a ribbon of asphalt through chestnut tree groves and verdant lawns is abhorrent. The hugely accessible beach and parkland attract thousands of visitors every summer. It’s one of the reasons people in the neighbourhood live there.
Cyclists, on the hand, cannot safely ride through the throngs of pedestrians on the existing path — although many try — and want a route that allows them to complete a seaside circuit without interruption or the inconvenience of vehicular traffic.