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City sounds Burrard Bridge warning for next week

September 2nd, 2009 · 51 Comments

Just to service my Burrard Bridge crowd, here’s the latest update from the city. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

Burrard Bridge traffic to increase Tuesday;

Motorists encouraged to consider alternative options

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is encouraging motorists to consider alternate routes and transit options in the face of heavier downtown traffic expected after Labour Day.

“More workers are returning to downtown and students, faculty and staff are returning to UBC. Motorists who typically use the Burrard Bridge are strongly encouraged to consider the Granville or Cambie bridges or other transit options,” the Mayor said.

Since the Burrard Bridge Lane Reallocation Trial opened July 13, pedestrian volumes have remained steady at between 2,000 and 3,000 per day, cyclists have increased to between 3,000 and 5,000 a day (an increase of 25 per cent over pre-trial volumes). The number of vehicles using the bridge has fluctuated but remained around 60,000 per day.

“The Burrard Bridge trial lane has improved the safety of the bridge, making it much more enjoyable for pedestrians and cyclists,” Mayor Robertson said.  “And with the increased use of the bridge by cyclists, we clearly have a transportation option that’s cost effective and safer for commuting.  We are pleased by the positive support and feedback we have received on the trial.”

Studies show the second heaviest users of the Burrard Bridge are motorists from the North Shore.  As traffic flows begin to return to pre-summer levels, commuters are urged to consider all of the transportation options available including public transit, ride-sharing, cycling, walking and for motorists, planning an alternate route and using a different bridge.

North Shore commuters are also encouraged to consider using Howe Street to access the Granville Bridge and to avoid using Pacific Street to access the Burrard Bridge.

Commuters are advised to watch for signage on the Burrard Bridge; on Georgia, before Denman; and further along Georgia before Thurlow. The signs suggest alternate routes before key travel decision points.

“The fall is a popular time of year for cycling and walking,” Mayor Robertson added. “We encourage all bridge users, cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, to use good road etiquette and to be very mindful of the rules of the road.”

For Burrard Bridge usage stats, visit

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