Vancouver city staff recommend keeping downtown bike lanes
A staff report going before Vancouver city council next week recommends making the separated bike lanes downtown permanent.
The separated lanes on Dunsmuir Street, the Dunsmuir Viaduct, Hornby Street and connecting streets were approved on a trial basis in 2010.
According to the staff report, the lanes have led to “both immediate and sustained growth of cycling on these routes”.
The report shows a 19 percent increase in annual bicycle trips on the Dunsmuir Viaduct between April 2011 and March 2012, compared to the previous year. The permanent bike lanes on the Burrard Bridge are seeing the most bicycle traffic, with 51,000 trips recorded in March 2012, compared to 26,000 on the Dunsmuir Viaduct. Dunsmuir Street saw 32,000 trips during the same month, and 22,000 bike trips were recorded on Hornby Street.
Ongoing maintenance of the existing downtown separated bike lanes is expected to cost about $50,000 in annual operating costs.
City staff are also looking at additional safety modifications to the downtown lanes over the next few years, including signal or other changes at vehicle right-turn lanes, and raising sections of the Dunsmuir separated bike lanes “to improve accessibility for vehicle passengers”.
The report will go to the city’s planning, transportation and environment committee next Wednesday (June 13).