Bridge Lane Closure Not The Traffic Disaster Many Expected

Almost six months in, the experimental transition of a car lane into a bike lane on a Vancouver bridge has proved to have little if any negative impact on traffic congestion.

Back in July, one of the six lanes on the Burrard Bridge was closed off to vehicular traffic and opened to bicycle traffic, a move many had expected to snarl rush hour commutes on and near the bridge. But after almost six months, traffic seems to be unaffected.

"The new bike lane not only gave more room to cyclists, it also ended the perpetual peril of bicycles and pedestrians sharing the sidewalk.

'It was really scary before, always looking over your shoulder for cyclists,' said Nicole Cutler, toting two bags of Christmas shopping, as she headed over by foot. 'It's great. I'd be really upset if it went back to the way it was before."

Full Story: For cyclists – and motorists – it's an easy ride

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