It’s the latest bike lane battle in Vancouver, but the first one involving actual soldiers.
“We sure don’t want a situation where any of our soldiers can be hurt while they are trying to load where a bicyclist comes flying down”
He says the city installed the lane without direct consultation with the armoury.
The hall lost dedicated parking spaces and he says it’s impacting how soldiers carry out daily operations.
“The city keeps on taking away parking and taking away parking. Across the street in recent memory this was all military parking. Then they took it away from bus lanes, now it’s no parking for anyone and it’s a new bike lane.”
Shepherd says it’s a safety issue between bikers and soldiers.
“As they are trying to do their jobs, there is a sense from bikers this is their lane and get the hell out of it.”
Shepherd is asking the city to consider moving the bike lane on Beatty Street between West Georgia and Dunsmuir to the other side of the road.
City Councillor Melissa De Genova says she plans to raise the armoury’s concerns with staff.
“I certainly will be making enquiries, I’d like to give our staff to work with Beatty Street Armoury.”
The armoury is the oldest military unit in B.C.