Sun on a Sunday, warmth in the air, a new project to explore – the finally finished sidewalk, bike lane and railings on the west side of the Burrard Bridge:
We got our money’s worth, judging by the quality of materials and workmanship: gorgeous lighting hardware, the craft of the cement work, new railings that respect the deco heritage of this 1930s bridge – even down to the jersey barriers that echo the openings of the original balustrade.
Of course the whole point of the project was to provide safe, separated spaces for walkers and cyclists.
And they’ve even provided bike runnels on the staircase leading to Beach Avenue below:
The augmented Burrard Bridge has been treated with respect, in the style of the City Beautiful – a time when art and good design were not seen as frills but as a reflection of a citizenry that was prepared to pay for quality in its public works.
And saw a bridge as an opportunity for a Sunday stroll, not just as a vehicle-dominated, utilitarian piece of infrastructure.