Car drivers' illegal right turns blamed for vehicle-cyclist collisions at downtown end of Burrard Bridge
Southbound car drivers making illegal right turns at Burrard Street and Pacific Street were the major cause of last year’s spike in collisions with cyclists at the north end of the Burrard Bridge.
According to city transportation director Jerry Dobrovolny, ICBC has confirmed that 10 of the 13 reported vehicle-cyclist collisions by that intersection were due to these illegal turns where a separated bike lane leads onto the bridge.
“The other three accidents were on Pacific Boulevard away from the bridge,” Dobrovolny told the Straight on June 20 in a phone interview. “They weren’t actually related to the bike facility at all. We don’t wait until the rebuild, reconstruction to do anything if we are aware of an issue. It was an illegal right turn cars were making. We’ll add some additional signage and we’re looking at changing the geometry a little bit to make it more difficult for cars to make the right turn.”
Dobrovolny urged citizens to visit Talk Vancouver to express their opinions and give their thoughts on city infrastructure, which he said includes the three bridge crossings over False Creek.