Traffic signal crosswalk being installed on Broadway at Arbutus Greenway

Sep 26 2017, 7:07 pm

In a matter of weeks, pedestrians and cyclists traveling on the recently-paved Arbutus Greenway will not have to take a detour to Arbutus Street to get across Broadway.

The City of Vancouver says it is currently in the process of installing a new traffic-signal controlled crosswalk with separated pedestrian and bike crossings across the major road arterial route.

The new crossing over Broadway will be completed by the end of October, and the 99 B-Line’s eastbound bus stop will be relocated slightly east on the same block as the BC Liquor Store to ensure the crossing is clear of any buses. Until then, to allow for construction, the bus stop has been temporarily relocated one block east.

New traffic signalized crosswalk being built at Broadway where it intersects with the Arbutus Corridor. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Staff with the municipal government also told Daily Hive similar traffic signalized crossings will also be installed on the Greenway where it intersects with West 12th Avenue and Southwest Marine Drive.

Other improvements elsewhere along the Greenway include the installation of lighting between 33rd Avenue and 37th Avenue, bollards and split-rail wooden fencing at intersections to prevent vehicles from accessing the path, and flashing crossing beacons at 33rd Avenue.

“These improvements will help create a safer and more comfortable experience for all greenway users, as well as the broader community,” said the City in an email.

City staff are currently still engaged in a public consultation process for the future permanent design of the Greenway, which will include paths for walking and cycling, public art, and a future streetcar.

The next open house period – a so-called ‘Design Jam’ – for the Greenway is scheduled between October 27 and 29.

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