Vancouver’s bridges heading for 21st century update for peds, cyclists

Vancouver’s False Creek bridges, which link 250,000 people and jobs in the downtown peninsula with another 100,000 along the Broadway Corridor, are in for a series of upgrades in coming years to make them safer, more accessible to pedestrians and easier for cyclists.

City staff spelled out the work plan in a report to council today on implementation of Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 plan.

Memo to drivers: stay calm, you should like the results. Impacts on existing traffic will be carefully assessed.

(The numbers reflect jobs and population in a three-kilometre radius from the downtown peninsula.)

My favourite: improvements this year at the north end of the Cambie Bridge to resolve the miserable connections to the bike route at Beatty St.

But in future years, Cambie will see extra attention for seismic safety and increased capacity for pedestrians and cyclists. The popular east-side sidewalk will be at capacity in 2020.

Work is proceeding to evaluate a proposed bike and pedestrian lane down the middle of the Granville Bridge and planning is under way to improve intersections at each end of the Burrard Bridge, which is scheduled for significant remediation work during the next capital plan.