The third stage of cycling infrastructure includes the build-out of a network of separated routes without a lot of controversy (other stages here). There’s more evidence on Burrard Street south of the bridge:
This separated extension south of First Avenue, heading up to the Arbutus greenway, came as a surprise to a lot of well-informed advocates in the cycling community.
The opportunity arose with the renovation of Burrard Street. So, rather than just a painted line, the City spent a bit more to make this a safer and clearer link between two of the major components of cycling infrastructure in Vancouver.
It’s also a demonstration of how a separated route can be built along a retail street.