The 10th Avenue “Health Precinct” redesign has been given the green light by the City of Vancouver.
Changes to the area include raised crosswalks and intersections, more parking close to buildings, more pick-up areas and adding or improving bike lanes along 14th and 7th Avenues.
Councillor George Affleck, who voted against the plan, said opinion was divided among speakers on Tuesday but strong endorsement came from one group.
‘We had people coming within the disabled community saying they didn’t like some parts of the plan, the senior’s community didn’t endorse it. It wasn’t really endorsed by anybody but some of the advocates from the cycling community.”
He says the changes are looking to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.
“This is a bike route already, a very successful one, I use it myself. The bike route didn’t need fixing. It was the access and all those other things and the crosswalks that needed fixing, we didn’t need to fix anything regarding the bikes.”
The city says work will begin this fall.
The first phase of the project is pegged at $3-million, that money coming from the city’s current approved Capital Budget.
City council also approved a motion to give the city’s engineering department more decision-making power to make changes to roads.
The city’s chief engineer can now green light changes to sidewalks, parking, cycling and transit improvement, and safety projects without it going to council.
Affleck also had concerns about that motion, saying it would cut the public out of consultations.
But the city’s Transportation Planning Manager Dale Bracewell said consultations will not be cut from the process.