In these two current Streetviews of the Granville and Burrard Bridges, I counted the number of pedestrians, cyclists and cars – and yes, I know the weather is distinctly different in each. (Click title of post to see images.)
Roughly, about the same number of cars on both, a few less pedestrians on the Granville, but no cyclists. Notice, especially, the four south-bound lanes: empty.
That’s why the City’s proposal for a new walking, rolling, and cycling path across the Granville Bridge, without adversely affecting vehicles – cars, trucks, transit – is doable. Just as we did on Burrard.
The draft project goals are to:
– Make walking, rolling, and cycling across the bridge accessible, safe, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.
– Provide direct and intuitive walking, rolling, and cycling connections to key destinations and to the rest of the network
– Create a special place that provides an enjoyable experience for all.
– Accommodate motor vehicles, considering the needs of transit, emergency services, and people driving.
– Design with the future in mind, considering related projects and opportunities to coordinate work.
It was identified as a priority in the early 2000s as part of a False Creek Crossing Study, and included in the City’s Transportation 2040 Plan (2012).
Your chance to participate in the design is coming up.
In this first phase of engagement, we’re looking for input on the project goals, a better understanding of how you use the bridge today, and any specific ideas or concerns you have. We also want to hear your big ideas about the bridge!
Later this year, we’ll come back with concepts for you to review and help us develop further.
There are three open houses for Phase 1 of public engagement:
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Location: CityLab (511 W Broadway)
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: CityLab (511 W Broadway, Vancouver)
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, Promenade Trade Fair: North End (350 W Georgia St)
There are also several other opportunities to get involved:
• The open house materials and a corresponding survey are available online (survey closes May 10)
• Future rounds of public engagement will take place this summer and fall for updates on previous phases of engagement and to review design concepts as they develop
• Workshops will take place throughout the process to allow for more in-depth discussions and idea exploration (free, registration required – see website)
To learn more about these opportunities, and to stay up to date on the project:
• Visit vancouver.ca/granvilleconnector
• Sign up for the project email list on our website
• Email us at email@example.com