Dunsmuir Viaduct Next up for a Bike Lane!

The big news early this week is that the Dunsmuir Viaduct will likely be the next Vancouver crossing to receive a dedicated, separated bike lane. This will provide easy, level access to the downtown core from the Union / Adanac bike lane, and connect East Vancouver directly to the Dunsmuir bike lane downtown.

This is great news, as that route is currently pretty difficult to take: you have had to take the north sidewalk on the Georgia side of the viaduct - a sidewalk not wide enough for two people to pass each other, accessible for the last few years only by lifting your bike over a concrete barrier.

Just last week, enroute to a discussion at what we thought was UBC downtown, we took the 'cheater' route to the Dunsmuir bike lane: down Union to Expo Boulevard, then up the Costco elevator to the bike lane.

The lane will not even remove a lane of traffic, as that lane is currently mostly blocked by construction barriers. The media release from the mayor's office contained a bit of enthusiasm from Gregor Robertson:

“We know from the Burrard Bridge that when we separate bike lanes from cars with protective barriers, more people cycle and it reduces the risk of injury or accidents,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, an avid cyclist, in a statement released Sunday.

“We need more protected bike lanes in Vancouver and the Dunsmuir Viaduct is the next logical step.”

Despite the attempts of some media outlets, I doubt this new lane will be nearly as controversial as the Burrard Bridge seemed to be: it services mostly East Vancouver and North Burnaby commuters, and the success of the Burrard Bridge has set the standard for this kind of increased infrastructure development.

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