Following another “bike to work week”, where cycling advocates boasted record-breaking numbers, Vancouver City NPA Councillor George Affleck is suggesting one thousand bike parking spots be built downtown.
Affleck’s plan would see secure bike parking built using cash from the $50-million parking endowment fund – in empty lots operated by the city.
“There are several empty floors on some of these EasyPark buildings that we have just sitting empty in the day because we can’t get cars in there anymore. So it’s missed revenue for the city and this could be a way for us to earn some cash for the city and provide a service.”
“We have a lot of empty parking spots in the buildings that we own and these parking lots that we own. This is maybe an idea that could make money for the city.”
Affleck says the money from that endowment fund is often used by Vision for housing and issues unrelated to parking – he believes instead bikes should be viewed as vehicles and those funds should be reallocated towards parking.
“The intent of that fund is to take care of parking lots mainly to upgrade them and to improve them. To me a bicycle is a vehicle. Can we make something more attractive for them to park their bikes?”