New poll shows strong support for Hornby separated bike lane

September 28, 2010 | Safer Communities

A new opinion poll of people on Hornby Street found significant support for a separated bike lane along the street, with 56 per cent in favour compared to 30 per cent opposed.

Five hundred visitors to Hornby Street were randomly sampled on weekdays and weekends from August 28 to September 2, 2010 to ask about their transportation choices and opinions on bike lanes.

The survey results showed:

- 56 per cent of area visitors support a protected bike lane on Hornby, with 30 per cent opposed and 14 per cent undecided

- 75 per cent of people support a separated downtown bike lane network that links east and west, including 56 per cent of vehicle drivers

- For usual mode of transportation to Hornby Street, 47 per cent walk, 35 per cent take transit, 24 per cent drive and 14 per cent bike

- On average, people who drive to Hornby Street as their destination, park two blocks away, and

- 47 per cent of visitors said they would consider cycling to Hornby Street if there was a separated bike lane.

The poll was conducted by the Mustel Group and commissioned by the City of Vancouver as part of ongoing consultations for the proposed separated bike lane on Hornby Street. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.4 percentage points.

Two months of consultations on the proposed Hornby Street separated bike lane, including block-by-block visits to individual businesses, two open houses, and an on-line survey and forum, have recently been completed by staff. Public feedback will continue to be accepted and responded to on an ongoing basis. A report will go to council next week.

The poll can be viewed at:


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