They went with option3, west lane, east sidewalk. Pedestrians west sidewalk only.
VANCOUVER - Cyclists will have sole access to one lane and one sidewalk on the Burrard Street Bridge on a trial basis, Vancouver city council decided Thursday.
The bridge's west curbside lane and east sidewalk will be designated for bicycles. All pedestrians will be rerouted to the west sidewalk.
The trial will begin on mid-to-late June. Council has not specified an end date.
"I'm so proud we are going ahead with this trial," said Coun. Heather Deal.
City hall has been studying options for updating the bridge for more than a decade. One of the most expensive plans was to widen the 2.6-metre sidewalks at a price tag of $63 million.
The bridge carries more than 70,000 vehicles daily and up to 9,000 people hourly during peak times. Ten per cent of those people are pedestrians or cyclists.
A report, which includes three options, was presented this week to city council. The report called for either both curb lanes, or the southbound curb lane only, to be separated from vehicular traffic with physical barriers. Various options for sidewalk traffic were also included.
The cost of closing two lanes is $1.45 million, while a one-lane closure would cost $1.3 million, according to the city report.
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