There is something really ugly about a society that marginalizes its elderly, infirm and physically-challenged.
Ask any elderly Vancouver resident or even those younger or middle aged physically-challenged with mobility problems and you may be shocked at how unwelcome they now feel in Vision’s Vancouver.
And it could soon get even worse.
They are the innocent victims of Vision sustained attacks against on the car … and although until now their lives have been more difficult on streets where parking has been removed in favour of bike lanes ,,, they could suffer yet another blow under new proposals to cater once again to cyclists at the cost of others … this time in Stanley Park.
The proposals (and we know what that means under Vision!) call for the present parking to be removed from Pipeline Road so cyclists can have unfettered travel along the road that cuts right through the park. (A couple of indented handicapped spots would just not cut it … nor would cutting cutting down trees to do it!)
Elderly and other physically challenged park visitors would LOSE almost all of the current convenient access to one of the favorite sites …. Beaver Lake, where brand new benches had recently been installed close to the present Pipeline road regular and handicapped parking.
Who cares! The cyclists must rule!
Of course, there would still be parking in the lots at the Stanley Park Pavilion or Children’s Railway … several hundred meters away. But let’s get real, for seniors or physically impaired motorists of any age … who can drive but only walk very short distances … that parking might as well be in Chilliwack!
Many of these people are veterans or were hard-working citizens of the city who just aren’t capable of walking from distant parking lots any more. Think of how many physically-challenged or injured younger or middle-aged people there are who have difficulty walking, let alone cycle.
Why should they lose access to Beaver Lake? To other parts of Stanley Park? Apparently because they just get in the cyclists way!
This is what has been happening to Vancouver under Vision: we are seeing a new phony idealized portrait of a New Vancouver Society taking shape: healthy, fit athletic specimens wheeling about in the open air through the city … like those ideal images we used to see in Soviet or Aryan era posters.
Of course, those of us who live in Vancouver’s real world know those images do not represent the majority, who are increasingly being marginalized to cater to the minority.
Parking will probably soon be gone on Point Grey Road and other streets as well as the assault by Vision continues on the car and those who use them… including those who NEED very close access to stores, businesses and restaurants so they can enjoy them too.
Seems to me if anyone is to go “the extra mile” so all Vancouverites can enjoy what this city has to offer it should be the fit cyclists, not the mobility-restricted among us.
And the latest proposal, to deny the elderly or other challenged residents or visitors ANY access to Beaver Lake on Pipeline Road, by removing ALL the parking nearby, goes too far.
Kudos to The Province for denouncing this latest cyclist-centric obsession by Vision …but most of the media have unfortunately reported the plan and then ignored its consequences … probably because they believe Vision’s campaign against the car and those who ride in them is nothing new.
After all, soon after Vision first took control of Vancouver City Hall and the parks board that they began a multi-million-dollar reworking of the downtown core and residential streets throughout the city to cater to cyclists.
Cyclists became the untouchable Heroes of Vision … unencumbered by silly things like traffic rules or the need to respect others (vehicles or pedestrians).
And mobs of several hundred can even shut down entire traffic flows … disrupt thousands, ignore traffic lights, give their fingers to anyone who dares protest … all the while aided and abetted by police who accompany them.
When motorists or businesses or residents dared to object … they pretty well got nowhere: suck it up, you establishment remnants of the Old Four-Wheeled Society seemed to be the response … Vision’s Healthy New Two-Wheeled Society would rule!
Businesses were forced to adjust, move or close; motorists had to do the same … and City Hall didn’t seem to care much … removing parking spots on some streets to accommodate the heroes of its New Society.
But they also seemed to totally forget or only pay lip service to the elderly and the physically-challenged … people who simply CAN’T park and walk an extra block and a half to stores, offices, clinic or other places where they used to be able to park right outside.
There are tens of thousands of city residents … not ready yet for Handi-Dart .. who have suffered … literally …. under Vision’s inadequate response to THEIR needs. And as the boomers age, there will be a hundred thousand or more … forced to pay for the New Society, but clearly not accommodated so they could participate much in it.
Now they are poised to even lose access to an important part of Stanley Park.
It’s all part of the “proposed” plan.
Who cares about the old, those mobility challenged in a New Vision Society that worships the New Breed of Human!
Apparently not the current City Hall … or the Park Board