As Vancouver city council prepares to vote on Wednesday on a separated bike lane southbound on the Cambie Bridge, opinions abound. Why, it must be Vancouver, and bikes must be involved. Tune in on Wednesday for the result. [Project details HERE and HERE].
With thanks to Glenda Luymes in PostMedia outlet the Vancouver Sun.
City data shows the shared path on the east side of the Cambie Bridge is among the busiest cycling connections to and through downtown Vancouver. In July 2017, there were 80,000 bicycle trips on the shared path, with about 3,200 per midweek day. The report also notes that vehicle volumes on the Cambie Bridge are lower today than they were 20 years ago.
Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association CEO Charles Gautier said his organization is supportive of projects that make the downtown “accessible to all modes of transportation,” including the Cambie Bridge bike lane.
While traffic congestion is an issue for business, giving one lane to cyclists on the Cambie Bridge is “not the problem,” he said.
. . . “It would be a very positive step,” cycling advocate Jeff Leigh said of the bike lane. “It would make that area safer all around.”
The chair of HUB Cycling‘s Vancouver committee said pedestrians will likely see the biggest benefit if the bike lane is approved, with half the cyclists that currently weave through walkers on the congested, shared sidewalk on the bridge’s east side moving to the new, designated southbound bike lane. Northbound cyclists would continue to share the path with pedestrians.
. . . But opponent Steffan Ileman said any reduction of lanes leaving downtown will have a negative impact on business.
“This has to stop before the city does real damage to the economy,” he said. “The bridge barely accommodates traffic during rush hour as it is.” [Ed: except, of course, that vehicle volumes have dropped there since 1995, and ya know, the DVBIA support].