Vancouver eyes reopening Beach Avenue to eastbound traffic as seniors struggle with #23 bus reroute

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      In April, the City of Vancouver closed the eastbound lane of Beach Avenue to vehicular traffic.

      The measure was intended to allow West End residents to use the lane for exercise and other outdoor activities.

      It was a response to COVID-19.

      The closure of Beach Avenue from Hornby Street to Park Lane also led to the rerouting of the eastbound #23 bus.

      The #23 bus was rerouted to Davie Street, which meant that people living near Beach Avenue have to climb the hill to get on to transit.

      This created one problem, according to Anthony Kupferschmidt, executive director of the West End Seniors’ Network.

      Kupferschmidt told the Straight that a number of seniors find it difficult to get to Davie Street because of the uphill walk.

      Kupferschmidt brought this concern with city hall, and some changes may be coming.

      The city recently concluded a survey about what to do next with Beach Avenue.

      The Straight learned from city hall that modifications being considered for the West End thoroughfare may include car and bus traffic.

      The city is also working with TransLink’s Coast Mountain Bus Company on this issue.

      The eastbound lane of Beach Avenue remains closed to motor traffic until the end of October.