Pedestrians and cyclists can now cross from Vancouver to Richmond safely and easily thanks to the Canada Line pedestrian bridge.

Yesterday, thousands of curious people cycled or walked across the new bridge that is attached to the west side of the Canada Line Bridge.

Bob Hodgins, from North Delta, was among those biking across.

“So far, so good,” said Hodgins, who had stopped mid-span to snap some photos of the Fraser River.

“It’s wide and it’s nice to have access from Richmond to Vancouver. I think it’s great.”

TransLink funded the $10-million bridge, which opened Friday. It was requested by directors as Canada Line plans were being prepared.

Access ramps connect to the bridge from South Kent Street in Vancouver to River Road at Van Horne Way in Richmond. It is lit and will be open 24 hours a day. In a release, Arno Schortinghuis, president of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, said the bridge is a welcome addition to cycling networks.