Sunday, September 18, 2005

Burrard Bridge Bike Lane Talking Points

Talking points for the Burrard Street Bridge bike lanes in Vancouver:
- The bridge currently has over capacity for automobile traffic.
- Changing the signal configuration at Burrard and Pacific would overcome some of the problems from the 1996 experiment.
- In the past 20 years demand by cyclists and pedestrians has doubled on the bridge while vehicle demand has not changed.
- Converting vehicle lanes to cycling lanes as opposed to widening the bridge could save the city $11 million dollars.
- People have been seriously injured because of the current narrow bike lanes. If someone is killed the subsequent lawsuit will cost the city much more than doing nothing.

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