Vancouver traffic virtually vanishes after overnight snowfall

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      The City of Vancouver might as well be on lockdown.

      Schools are closed. Universities are closed. And there are barely a few vehicles to be seen on some of the busiest streets.

      Take West Broadway, for instance.

      Normally, it's filled with cars in the mid-morning—at parking meters on both sides of the road as well as in the two middle lanes.

      This morning? Virtually nothing, even though the city had cleared the snow away.

      It was a similar story in downtown Vancouver this morning after 9 a.m.

      Seymour and West Georgia streets were a dream, making for an easy commute for those who ignored the morning radio traffic reports and headed out in their cars and SUVs.

      Even the Mobi by Shaw bike stand was bereft of two-wheelers on Pine Street.

      Charlie Smith

      Not surprisingly, there were also very few bicycles to be seen on the normally busy West 10th cycling route.

      West 10th Avenue cycling route had no cyclists around 10:15 a.m.; normally at this time, they would be heading to UBC's Point Grey campus.
      Charlie Smith

      So who wins when there are no cars or bikes on the roads?

      The bus drivers, of course. That's because they don't have to deal with all those other vehicles getting in the way of them reaching their next destination.

      It's a great day to be driving a bus on West Broadway.
      Charlie Smith