Vancouver city councillor Elizabeth Ball wants staff to reconsider opening a separated bike lane on West 10th Avenue for fear of Vancouver General Hospital patient safety.
The NPA councillor thinks a separated bike lane on West 10th Avenue is a dangerous accident waiting to happen.
The city’s three options for the busy street all include separated bike lanes, but Ball says too many patients and caregivers are already getting hit by bikes on their way in and out of treatment centres.
Speaking on the Jill Bennett Show, she says West 7th Avenue is a safer option.
“The letters that we are getting are heart-rending from people who have brain cancer, whose wives are bringing them there, the people who need to go into the spinal clinic and they talk about their caregivers having been hit by bicycles.”
Ball the problem would only get worse if a separated bike route were to be introduced.
“If you do want a bike route, it should be moved. Really I think you have to step back and say the issue is not the bike lane, the issue is safety for patients. And that should be the critical and only priority on that stretch of land.”
Ball will discuss her motion at a council meeting on Tuesday.