Here are some captures taken from the display boards that will be used at the Burrard Bridge open houses by the City – with some unexpected items.
(1) Motor-vehicle volumes have been dropping since the mid-1990s:
(2) Collisions at Burrard-Pacific have been dropping since bike lanes were installed:
(3) Some travel times will drop after the bridge and intersection are reconfigured, including the reallocation of a lane:
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If the comments on media sites are an indication, however, none of this will matter much to some. Even the CBC’s comment section was full of this:
- Absolutely ridiculous. The amount of bike traffic doesn’t warrant another bike lane.
- Ridicolous! The Pacific/Burrard intersection has had a 600% increase in accidents after this stupid ill-planned, poorly engineered bike lane was put in!
- One time it took me 30min just to get across this bridge. Its ridiculous!
- The rendering should show the actual bridge: bumper to bumper cars, with a few cyclists here and there during the summer
But data matters, as do supportive comments from those who experience the change for the better.