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Old 05-29-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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very cool! although, i wish it were a touch slower...
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all I saw was gasoline at 73 cent's, that made me feel warm inside.

yes I know I'm a young one

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the thing that sticks out like a sore thumb to me - THE SAME INFRASTRUCTURE!!!! same roads - think how much vancouver's population has grown, yet still same bridges from vancouver to North Van/West Van, and this was almost 40 yrs ago
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all I saw was gasoline at 73 cent's, that made me feel warm inside.

yes I know I'm a young one

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and that was in the middle of the 70's energy crisis, i bet it felt just as bad then or worse than our 1.50 right now.

gas was way cheaper towards the end of the 90's.
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anyone know what route the person is taking. all i could muster up was second narrows.
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Found this link in the comments (if you wanted to watch it slower...no audio though)
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Thanks for sharing that. It would be cool if someone could recreate this today! I'd do it, but I don't think I have the legs for that distance!
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all I saw was gasoline at 73 cent's, that made me feel warm inside.

yes I know I'm a young one

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According to Bank of Canada, $0.73 would equal $3.51 today. Ya, the gas crisis was insane.

I remember when gas was $0.35, and I'm not even that old.

really cool video!!
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can anyone figure out the route? Then we could maybe do an RS bike ride !
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i feel oddly homesick, i know its still the same city but its missing a bit of charm? i cant explain it but maybe its the fact that it is less crowded
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Back then gas was 70 cents per GALLON.
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can anyone figure out the route? Then we could maybe do an RS bike ride !
I think the beginning starts on Lakewood & Gravely or around there then passing templeton secondary on Garden drive to Hastings, turns right then turns left at Nanaimo.

Follow the road that connects to Iron Worker Memorial Bridge, get off at Main Street westbound then turns left on Low Level Road when you see a big factory building on your left which it's still there.

Somewhat he rode off in some unknown buildings but looks like he went back on St. Andrew or George Ave and turn left on Esplanade Ave
Just you know Low Level Road is the same road as this one so you can keep going.

After that, he took a shortcut to 3rd Street (Not sure if you can do shortcut, but if you wanna know where, it's on W 1st Street) It looked like he went to a friend's house so... Lets stay on the road that heads to stanley park by crossing on Lion Gate Bridge.

He rode around the stanley park, passed by Second Beach, English Bay then walked up to Burrard Bridge, I'm guessing he rode across the neighbourhood under Granville & Cambie Bridge. (According to Googlemaps, there is a "Seaside Bike Route".

Turn Left on Quebec then turns right on Terminal Ave to go back to original location

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the thing that sticks out like a sore thumb to me - THE SAME INFRASTRUCTURE!!!! same roads - think how much vancouver's population has grown, yet still same bridges from vancouver to North Van/West Van, and this was almost 40 yrs ago
Old infrastructure is just as good now as it was then. Take an old city like Paris, for example. The roads and bridges they have now are basically what they've had for the last 40 or more years. They have also had significant population growth and as a result, the city and people have adapted. Their mindset is not to build more bridges or wider roads. Instead, they accept the fact that there are too many people in one place, thus, concessions must be made. Many of them ride motorcycles and scooters. Many more own bicycles or use the public bicycle sharing system (velib). Most Parisians use the Metro as it is fast, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. Amsterdam is another city that hasn't needed to change their infrastructure, despite their population growth. They have implemented cycling into their lifestyle which moves everyone where they need to go without burning a single drop of petrol. It is not uncommon to see a business man wearing a full suit riding a bicycle to and from work because they have embraced this method of transportation as the norm. In addition to this, bicycles take up significantly less space than a car, require very little maintenance, and is less costly in terms of ownership and liability (insurance). The city hasn't needed to build more infrastructure because the existing roads and bridges are sufficient, given the people adapt to transportation methods other than cars.

Both Paris and Amsterdam are very old European cities so let's take a North American example, such as New York. The population of New York City is almost double of all of BC. Most New Yorkers don't own a vehicle, rather they rely on services like taxis or MTA. There is simply too many people and not enough space. Still, their roads and bridges have not drastically changed over the last 40 years. It hasn't had to because the people who live there have adapted, mostly by giving up on the car. Vancouver is nowhere near at capacity like NYC is, but the fact remains there is nothing wrong with our 40 year old roads and bridges. The problem lies in the lack of supporting infrastructure, mainly public transit and pedestrian/cyclist areas. A good local example is Downtown Granville Street where there is access to public transit, thriving shops, and only foot traffic is allowed. Not only is it far more pleasant and attractive, but it moves a lot more people a lot faster with less emissions. No matter what the problem is, be it the growing population or lack of infrastructure, the solution ultimately lies in the mindset of the people. At some point the people of Vancouver will realize there are too many people and not enough lanes or parking spaces for everyone to drive. Even if we did replace our current roads and bridges with ones twice as wide, we would still have a problem with congestion and gridlock. Perhaps not right away but eventually the population will catch up and surpass the car carrying capacity of the roads. Even with an excellent transit system like Hong Kong's MTR, they still face severe congestion, not on the roads but in the trains. Imagine if all those people were driving. Even a 12 lane highway wouldn't be able to accommodate that number of people in cars. Even if you do make it to work or home, where do you and the other 500 people in your building park? Even with the imperfect MTR system there are still more people getting to where they need to go more efficiently than any other method of transportation.
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0.41 sec shell station $0.73...

Someone should do the same about 2012 and view back 10-20 years...
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i think he goes from north van, across lions gate into stanley park, and along the seawall for a portion. dammit wish that was slower
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watching it in slow motion definitely helped alot more...my eyes were burning from just a minute of the original video.
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very cool! although, i wish it were a touch slower...
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can anyone figure out the route? Then we could maybe do an RS bike ride !
Here's a slower and longer version with the street names. I guess the person just uploaded it.

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i'm not sure how cameras looked in the mid 70s but i bet the mount on his bike was enormous
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New video is awesome, wish he/she took the new pictures on a sunny day though, oh well
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This is freaking awesome. Its amazing how some places changed so drastically throughout the years and some stayed pretty much the same.
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Back then gas was 70 cents per GALLON.
^^This.

at .73 a gallon it works out to .19(ish) PER litre.
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