The Burrard Street Bridge is once again a flashpoint in Vancouver politics, with the city’s two potential mayors expressing different solutions to the problem of getting bikers over the crumbling structure.
NPA mayoral candidate Peter Ladner this morning announced his intention to erect barriers between sidewalks and the roadway to prevent cyclists from falling into traffic. Ladner’s plan also includes improvements to the heritage bridge and would likely cost $33 million, his executive assistant Michael Meneer said. Construction wouldn’t begin until after 2010.
Gregor Robertson, who is running with Vision Vancouver, has said he’d try a pilot project to reserve one of the six vehicle lanes for cyclists, operating the centre lane of traffic on a reversible system like on the Stanley Park causeway. Robertson said he also wants to explore building a new bridge across False Creek just for cyclists and pedestrians.
What do our thoughtful Kitsilano.ca readers think? We ran a poll back in May but the results weren’t conclusive. With an election fast-approaching, I have a feeling that opinions may be a little stronger.
Last modified: November 3, 2008