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SUPPORT BURRARD BRIDGE RENOS

Jul 26, 2015

The DVBIA, through its volunteer Access & Mobility Committee, is fully supportive of the City of Vancouver’s recent Council decision to invest in upgrades to the Burrard Street bridge – a major north/south gateway for downtown Vancouver.
 
The DVBIA supports upgrades that include lane re-allocation for a northbound cycle lane; the reinstatement of the east sidewalk for pedestrians; and the removal of the turn channels and replacing them with dual ‎right turning lanes. It did not comment on the proposal to install measures to prevent attempted suicides, although is acknowledges the issue requires discussion and a solution.
 
The association is supportive for the following reasons:

  1. Our current five-year plan (2012-17) endorses access to downtown by all modes and the proposals are aligned with this particular goal. We want all people, regardless of mode of travel, to come downtown for work and entertainment. At present, access for pedestrians and cyclists via the Burrard Bridge is limited and/or constrained, and is not designed with all ages and abilities at the forefront. 

  2. Projected ‎travel times for vehicles measured in minutes after the upgrades are either marginally improved or marginally made worse. From our perspective, there will be no significant or material difference. Based on public surveys commissioned by us in the past, significant congestion and notable increases in travel time are deciding factors amongst consumers as to whether or not  to come downtown for discretionary visits.  From our perspective, and relying on City staff analysis and conclusions, the proposed changes to the Burrard Bridge will not result in either. 

 
The DVBIA supports upgrades that include lane re-allocation for a northbound cycle lane; the reinstatement of the east sidewalk for pedestrians; and the removal of the turn channels and replacing them with dual ‎right turning lanes. It did not comment on the proposal to install measures to prevent attempted suicides, although is acknowledges the issue requires discussion and a solution.

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