Vancouver city councillors are considering turning at least one – and possibly two – lanes on the Burrard Street Bridge into cyclist routes.

At a meeting Tuesday morning, councillors will be presented with three “relatively low-cost” options for trial lane re-allocation to improve the safety and experience of pedestrians and cyclists who currently share the bridge’s sidewalks.

A similar six-month trial was attempted in 1996, but was abandoned after only a single week. Poor public communications was blamed as a contributing factor in its failure. Commuters complained that they didn’t have enough advance warning.

 

Information from the trial, which will run through the summer and fall, will be used when a final decision on repairs and upgrades to the Burrard Street Bridge will be made in early 2010.

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