West Vancouver adding separated lanes to its Seawalk for physical distancing

Apr 9 2020, 7:33 pm

Separated lanes will be installed on the popular West Vancouver Seawalk next week, necessitating a single day closure of the popular walking route along the municipality’s seawall.

The District of West Vancouver says the 1.7-km-long walking and running route along the edge of Burrard Inlet between the bottom of 18th Street and Dundarave Park will be closed from 7 am to 7 pm on Wednesday, April 15.

The new separated lanes will allow the public to better practice physical distancing, as required by the provincial government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These lanes will separate eastbound traffic from westbound traffic with a six-foot-wide space. In areas where the Seawalk is too narrow, pedestrian traffic will be rerouted to adjacent areas.

This adds to the district’s measures of implementing park rangers to monitor physical distancing compliance, using a two-metre prop to demonstrate the amount of space people must stay apart. They will be present seven days a week at popular parks and trails, wearing brightly-coloured yellow and orange vests.

The new park ranger program supplements bylaw officers’ work involving patrolling parking areas and possibly ticketing and ordering towing for people parking illegally.

With the long weekend approaching and the forecast for warm and sunny weather, the municipality is also reminding the public to stay home as much as possible, only perform essential trips, and practice proper physical distancing.

Those who use parks and trails, which remain open at this time, are recommended to choose less-popular destinations close to their home and go at off-peak times.

To deter crowds, the municipal government has already closed the parking lots at Whitecliff Park, Lighthouse Park, and Whyte Lake.