Following the City’s success in setting new records for cycling during the Winter Games, Mayor Gregor Robertson today opened two protected bike lanes on the Dunsmuir Viaduct which connect the Adanac Bikeway with the Downtown and create a safer commute for cyclists.
"We saw during the Winter Games that if we provide convenient alternatives to vehicle travel, people will use them," said Mayor Robertson. "Separated bike lanes are a proven way to attract more people to cycling, and with these new protected bike lanes on the Dunsmuir Viaduct, cyclists now have a safer route into downtown."
During the games, cyclist volumes across the Cambie and Burrard Bridges met summertime levels with an average of 5,000 cyclists riding to and from Downtown Vancouver every day.
The Burrard Bridge and the Adanac Bikeways are the most popular cycling routes to enter and exit the Downtown. By putting in separated bike lanes the City is encouraging more people of all ages and abilities to cycle for transportation and recreation.
Preliminary results for similarly separated bike lanes on Burrard Bridge indicate that between July 13 and September 30, 2009, 26 per cent more cycling trips took place on the bridge. The Burrard Bridge bike trial began on July 13, 2009.
Bike lanes were created on Dunsmuir Viaduct while the viaduct was closed during Games time. Existing concrete gravity barriers were relocated from the south to the north side of the viaduct. There are still two lanes for vehicle traffic on the viaduct.
The six-month demonstration on the viaduct will compare cyclist and vehicle traffic before and during the demonstration.
Cycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Vancouver, and the City’s award-winning network of bike routes has doubled in size over the last 10 years. Vancouver now has over 400 lane-kilometers of bike facilities.
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