Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce considers court action to stop Point Grey Road bike route
The City of Vancouver is set to close Point Grey Road to through traffic starting on Saturday (January 18) as part of controversial work to complete the Seaside Greenway.
However, the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce says city hall hasn’t done enough to inform neighbourhood residents that the traffic change is permanent.
In a news release today (January 14), the small-business group declared that it is considering legal options in its fight to stop the conversion of Point Grey Road to a bike-friendly local street.
“Perhaps our civic administration will see the error of its ways when the predicted repercussions of closing Point Grey road occur. We’re still waiting for actual analysis or proof that diverting 10,000 commuter cars from Point Grey Road to other arterial routes such as West 4th or Broadway will be ‘good for business’. Nor do we believe a study even exists,” Cheryl Ziola, executive director of KCC, said in the release.
Ziola added: “We should have had in place a viable alternative to move people, such as a functional Broadway subway line, before closing any arterial Westside road.”
According to Ziola, the chamber will be closely watching the court battle over the planned bike path in Kitsilano Beach and Hadden parks. A B.C. Supreme Court hearing on a petition seeking to halt that nearby project is scheduled for March 12 and 13.
“If a precedent is set that prevents the city from significantly modifying donated parkland or restricting access by all, then the many scenic Point Grey Road parks may be studied for similar covenants,” Ziola said.
Back in July 2013, city council approved the Point Grey Road conversion, along with a York Avenue bikeway.
Changes coming to the corridor include traffic-diversion measures, widened sidewalks, and expanded parks on Point Grey Road, and one-way streets and separated bike lanes on York Avenue.