West side bike lane, 2 new pedestrian paths recommended for Granville Bridge upgrade

The City of Vancouver has unveiled its preferred option for a pedestrian and cycle path as a part of major upgrades to the Granville Street bridge.

City staff are recommending what’s known as the “West Side Plus” design option, drawn from a short list of six options, one of which included a path down the centre of the bridge.

The public will be able to comment on the design here starting on Jan. 24.

“West Side Plus was by far the most popular option with the public during two previous rounds of engagement,” City of Vancouver manager of transportation and design Paul Storer said.

The “West Side Plus” option includes an improved, widened sidewalk and a bi-directional bike lane on the west side of the bridge. It would also include a new widened pedestrian walkway on the east side.

It also gives pedestrians and cyclists a view of the Burrard Bridge, English Bay, and the mountains.

Pedestrians and cyclists would access the bridge from Granville Street, while a second pedestrian access point would be upgraded on the Hemlock Street ramp and a flatter cycle route would be added on the Fir Street ramp.

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