Changes are in the wind for Vancouver’s Granville Bridge, planned in the 1950’s as a downtown freeway component (like the viaducts) and now operating way under capacity, as motor vehicle volume continues to drop and other modes continue to grow.
With thanks to City of Vancouver and Engineering Services (report HERE).
It’s time to rebuild it, and put that wasted capacity to use — in favour of those who travel by foot and by bike. Not to mention the opportunity for a major new component to the network of AAA cycling infrastructure, by connecting the Granville Bridge to the seawall and the Arbutus Greenway on the south, and to Drake and Richards on the north. The elevator to Granville Island is a terrific idea.
Today, the bridge is deadly for people on a bike, and contains tiny sidewalks and Vancouver’s nastiest crosswalks for people walking.
The idea has way more support than just Price Tags, despite the silly click-bait headlines pushing that tired and discredited trope “bike lanes = carmageddon”. We may not always agree on the exact design concept, but we do agree that improving life for people who walk or ride a bike for every-day transportation is a good idea.