Hornby separated bike lane consultations under way in August

City engineers are beginning consultations on a proposed Hornby St. separated bike lane, the last link in the improved safe cycling route across the downtown core approved by council earlier this year.

If problems identified by residents and businesses are manageable, the new lane could be in place before the end of the year. Cycling trips, meanwhile, are jumping as a share of overall traffic, rising 24 percent across the Burrard Bridge and up 400 percent to about 2,000 a day on the Dunsmuir route since the downtown Dunsmuir lane opened.

According to staff estimates, the 3,500 cycle commuters are already saving Translink the trouble of finding capacity equivalent to another 65 to 75 full transit buses a day. That saving will only grow.