Mayor Gregor Robertson and dozens of local cyclists biked the brand-new separated bike lane on Dunsmuir street Tuesday morning, celebrating the latest addition to Vancouver's cycling network.
"With this lane, cyclists now have a safe, convenient route to and from Downtown Vancouver," said Mayor Robertson, speaking with members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition and Momentum Magazine. "This bike lane links to the Adanac Bikeway, and the Dunsmuir Viaduct to Homer Street, creating a safe, two-way route providing another way for people to move safely throughout our city."
Since installing the lanes and dividers in March on the Dunsmuir Viaduct - which connects with the new separated bike lane - ridership has increased tenfold, from 100 cyclists per day to more than a thousand.
"This is proof that when the City builds the infrastructure for people to cycle safely into the Downtown area, they will use it. We're making real progress on our goal to become the world's greenest city by 2020, and by continuing to build and expand safe, separated bike lanes, I expect that we will continue to see a surge of bike ridership in Vancouver."
City council recently approved a plan to invest $25 million over two years for improving bike infrastructure across the city. There are an estimated 60,000 trips made by bike in Vancouver every day.
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