It was an idea short-lived.
Vancouver City Councillor George Affleck’s motion to review suicide barriers on the Burrard Bridge won’t proceed.
He says the mayor ruled it out of order.
Affleck wanted city council to re-examine the fencing in terms of aesthetics and effectiveness in suicide prevention.
This summer’s bridge upgrades include 3.6-metre wrought-iron suicide barriers.
George Affleck says the city didn’t get proper input from the public on whether they wanted the fencing, and had originally proposed a motion to take a second look.
“The opinion that was missing in the last round regarding the fences was the public opinion and the opinion of the heritage community. Both those were missing as part of the process and that’s why I voted against it then and that’s why I’m asking for a further analysis of this.”
Affleck says the city has received emails from concerned residents and heritage advocates.
“We’ve been inundated with emails, from the community, the people of Vancouver who are concerned about the impact on the heritage status of this beautiful bridge.”
However, the councillor is facing push-back from Crisis Centre BC who say the BC Coroner, the minister of transit, research experts and Vancouver Coastal Health officer have supported the fences as a way to prevent suicide.
In a special presentation to council last year, Vancouver Coastal Health said the city’s medical health officer and several other health care professionals support higher railings on the Burrard Bridge.