B.C. Cities Are Closing Roadways To Make Wider Lanes For Cyclists & Pedestrians

Construction on new bike lane begins

Many B.C. cities have begun closing roadways to make wider lanes for cyclists and pedestrians during the pandemic.

Vancouver is among those cities, which is planning to create 50 km worth of “slow streets,” for the next two months. This will include construction style barriers and “local traffic only” signs.

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The slow streets are in place to help people during the next phase of the pandemic, as health officials are telling the public to look at alternate ways of getting around.

“I would like to … encourage finding active transport ways to work so whether that’s walking or running or biking,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Dr. Henry said public transit won’t be packed during this time, as a safety measure. But if possible, people should avoid transit.

Vancouver has already begun to partially close lanes on Beach Avenue and at Kits Point. Roads around Stanley Park have been closed to cars since last month.

So if you’ve been wanting to get into cycling, now may be the time.

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