The debate about the Point Grey Road closure has been raging on Kitsilano.ca since spring. Expect things to heat up even more. Under a new plan released yesterday, Point Grey Road is set to become a residents-only street. The closure is part of the city’s plan to upgrade bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the corridor stretching from the Burrard Bridge to Jericho Beach. Headlines are calling it a victory for the city’s elite who live on the pricey beachfront Point Grey property.
The $6-million construction proposal would block off the road from Macdonald Street to Alma Street, diverting an estimated 9,700 commuter cars each day.
From the Vancouver Sun: “We’re converting that section of Point Grey Road into a local neighbourhood street with local access for residents,” confirmed city transportation manager Jerry Dobrovolny.
Eliminating car traffic on Point Grey was one element tucked into the 68-page Kitsilano bike lane proposal, a project intended as a means to connect cyclists from the Burrard Street Bridge to Jericho Beach. The bulk of the diverted cars are expected to be pushed along Broadway, 16th, 12th and 4th Avenues. The new plan will also axe 200 parking spots from the total 1,000 along the route.
Opinions remain polarized throughout greater Vancouver and Kitsilano. The council will wait a week for the public to analyze the dense document before inviting speakers to share opinions at council next Wednesday. Thus far, every Vision Vancouver plan that has come before the council has been passed. If city council votes in favour next week, Point Grey Road would be closed to through traffic by the end of the year.
Find more coverage of the bike path that could close Point Grey Road in the Globe and Mail here.
Take a look at the City of Vancouver’s Point Grey Road plan here.
Last modified: July 19, 2013