The first phase of the new 10th Avenue bike lane project on the Central Broadway Corridor is now open for cyclists to use.
The completed two-block stretch runs between Oak Street and Willow Street through Vancouver’s health precinct, and it passes by Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency room entrance.
Separated bike lanes are built onto both sides of the street to provide westbound and eastbound travel.
The project attracted some controversy over the loss of about 100 metered street parking spaces and passenger loading zones for patients and visitors, but those concerns were later addressed with the creation of a new 116-vehicle space parking lot at the corner of Ash Street and 10th Avenue. Passenger loading zones and accessible parking spaces have also increased from eight to 22.
According to the municipal government, there is still some minor work that needs to be done, such as wayfinding signage and paint, which will be completed over the coming weeks.
The City says it will monitor the first phase’s performance and impact with the 10th Avenue Health Precinct Evaluation Committee, and the combined findings will lead to possible spot recommendations and the implementation of the route’s second phase.
The second phase starting in 2019 will complete the bike lane route between Willow Street and Cambie Street, which includes the conversion of 10th Avenue into a one-way street between Ash Street and Cambie Street.
This bike lane through the health precinct is part of the citywide 10th Avenue bike lane corridor running from Trafalgar Street to Victoria Drive.
Based on the City’s data, about 4,500 vehicles and 3,000 bikes travel through this span of 10th Avenue per day, and the busiest section of the street is around Ash Street, which sees 8,000 vehicles per day.