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Burrard Bridge commute times down going north;
Slight increase going south during bike lane trial
Vehicle commute times during the Burrard Bridge bike lane trial have decreased for northbound trips and slightly increased for southbound trips, statistics released today from the City show.
“The first wave of travel-time statistics for the Burrard Bridge are very encouraging,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With minimal changes to commuter times in both directions, it is clear that people are adjusting.”
Each Tuesday and Thursday during July and most of August, City staff recorded their north and southbound vehicle travel times on Burrard between Georgia Street and 12th Avenue during key traffic periods.
Compared to statistics prior to the bike-lane trial, there is almost no change in travel times for northbound motorists between 8 and 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. The southbound vehicle commute in the morning shows it takes about five to six minutes longer to travel between Georgia and 12th between 8 and 11 a.m. Southbound vehicle travel times between 4 and 7 p.m. out of the downtown core were largely unchanged.
Mayor Robertson said it will take commuters more time to get around the city on Tuesday including the time it will take to cross the Burrard Bridge. He again cautioned motorists to consider the Granville Bridge to cross False Creek.
“We are heading into a very busy traffic period after Labour Day,” the Mayor said. “With students returning to school and workers returning from vacation, we know the commute on Tuesday morning will be much busier for all of our roads and bridges.
“As we look at the vehicle travel times along Burrard Street and over the bridge during the bike lane trial, we know it’s going to take a bit longer to travel this route on Tuesday morning, particularly for southbound traffic.”
Motorists travelling from the North Shore over False Creek are reminded to watch for banners on the overpass on the Stanley Park causeway as well as large message boards before Denman and Thurlow. All of the signs encourage motorists to consider alternate routes, particularly the Granville Bridge.
“Historically, the day after Labour Day is a very busy day on city streets,” Mayor Robertson said. “If it’s a nice day, students will ride their bikes to school, there are many more people on transit and more vehicles on our roads dropping off students and commuting to work after a summer break.
“Please plan extra time on Tuesday to get to your destination, think about alternate routes, travel in off-peak periods if you can, and consider all of the options including walking, cycling, transit and ride shares. Most of all, obey the rules of the road and be patient.”