Dunsmuir Viaduct’s ‘lost lane’ to become newest separated bike path

The drive to expand and improve Vancouver’s separated bike routes will continue next week as council debates this proposal to create a new downtown connection on the Dunsmuir Viaduct.

The two-way separated bike lane will be created from a “lost lane” that was quietly removed several years ago and never restored. (Remember the outcry? Probably not: drivers never noticed.)

The report also authorizes staff to analyze other options to improve downtown cycle safety with additional separated lanes, a trickier proposition given the requirement to take space from traffic or parking.

Also percolating behind the scenes at City Hall: a close look at a new proposal emerging from the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition to create a cycle-pedestrian pathway along the Arbutus Corridor. Such a project would need co-operation from Canadian Pacific Railways.