In the wake of Shanmugan Pirabarooban's death on April 4th, there needs to be a lot more urgency for tackling pedestrian and cyclist safety in order to help people feel more confident in switching their transportation modes to something that is healthier and more in line with our climate goals, and the City of Vancouver seems to have one potential solution; rapid implementation.
These are ideas that could be implemented immediately to bring protected bikeways to the major east-west thoroughfares (Sutterville, Fruitridge, Florin) that currently represent some of the only ways that pedestrians and cyclists can cross Highway 99 and the railroad tracks that run parallel to Franklin Blvd. We shouldn't be waiting for a years-long design and public engagement process to deliver on the promises of Vision Zero.
Here's a quick overview video: https://youtu.be/pKIpYcj1VTk
And here's an article that links to a comprehensive report from TransLink on rapid implementation: https://buzzer.translink.ca/2022/12/quick-build-bikeways-are-key-to-our-transportation-future-heres-how-we-can-make-it-happen/