The city of Vancouver is looking into changes for the popular 10th Avenue bikeway.
The stretch of road, one of the city’s first dedicated bike routes, is also one of its most popular, supporting more than 500,000 trips a year.
The route stretches from Victoria Drive to Trafalgar Street feeding more than half a dozen north-south bike routes along with Commercial Drive, the Canada Line, and Vancouver General Hospital.
The city says it’s looking at several changes, foremost to do with the busy stretch of road around the 10th avenue Health Precinct and VGH, where cyclists are often competing for space with patients, ambulances, and visitors looking for parking.
The public is being asked to weigh in on three possible design options for the stretch of 10th from Oak to Willow aimed at safety and accessibility in the area:
- Uni-Directional Bikeway Option (one-way bike lane on both sides of the street)
- North Side Bi-Directional Bikeway Option (both bike lanes on the north side of the street)
- South Side Bi-Directional Bikeway Option (both bike lanes on the south side of the street)
The city says it’s also looking into safety improvements for intersections, and changes to improve loading access to businesses along the route.
The city, which is trying to bring all of its bike infrastructure up to AAA standard (all ages and abilities) as a part of its Transportation 2040 plan, has been looking into changes to the area since last fall, and held a pair of open houses this month.
The public still has the option to weigh in on the plan via an online questionnaire until May 15th.
That information will go into a report, slated for next fall, with construction to begin in 2017.