VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it looks like bike lanes are here to stay.  Or are they?

The leader of Vancouver’s newest civic party is talking about taking some of them back.

“There are a number of bike lanes around town that just don’t make sense,” admits Glen Chernen, leader of the Vancouver Cedar Party. “There are too many and they’re taking up too much room in some places.”

If elected next year, he promises to rethink at least one controversial project. “They haven’t taken Point Grey Road down yet, they haven’t turned that into a private drive yet, but that seems to be the plan.  Whatever they do there, we’re going to reverse that.”

He calls the safety concerns along the Point Grey Road Cornwall Avenue Corridor a red herring.

Chernen maintains he’s not against the idea of bike lanes themselves, but feels the city has gone too far with them.

“The ones that have been here for decades, they are serving a great purpose.  We’re cyclists and we do ride the bike routes all around town, our supporters do,” he insists.  “But they also understand and they’re also fed up with a council that has gone crazy doing these things.  We think that there are ulterior motives in doing these things.”

Chernen feels the bike lane debate is a just a distraction from bigger questions like density and development in neighbourhoods like Marpole and Grandview-Woodlands.

He feels the City is dominated by “big money” and that’s why he’s promising to cap campaign donations at $2,400 a head.