The good: The walk, both north and southbound, during the morning and afternoon rush, was relaxing and enjoyable. I still edged against the railing heading south into Kitsilano, but didn’t look back once when I passed other walkers and wasn’t too worried about getting smoked by a bike.
The bad: I don’t have much to nitpick. If I had to pick something, I did find that the crosswalk at Cornwall and Burrard a tad slow. If I had been jogging, it may have been an issue. But I wasn’t, so it wasn’t.
The peculiar: I counted two unicycles and one tandem bike (a bicycle built for two) during the afternoon rush.
Jeff Hodson/ Metro Vancouver
The good: Seeing cars whizzing by can be a little disconcerting but once in the bridge’s bike lanes, behind the concrete barriers, cyclists can feel safe.
The bad: Bike lanes are a little narrow. Can get a little crowded during rush hour and there is a potential for accidents with the fast-moving bikes attempting to overtake slower ones.
Whoops moment: The north and south lanes are both one-way and someone went against the flow of traffic in the southbound lane in the morning.
KARL YU/ for Metro Vancouver
The good: Creating a left-hand turning lane westbound at Pacific and Howe streets kept traffic flowing — despite that road being down to two lanes from three — because bridge-bound drivers weren’t stuck behind the typical line of turners.
The bad: Southbound bridge drivers coming from the West End are now down to one-lane access and have to merge with two lanes of left-turning traffic from the other direction. This created congestion along Pacific Street eastbound from Jervis Street and confusion between drivers turning simultaneously from either direction.
Some congestion: While bridge traffic moved relatively smoothly in either direction during both rush hours, it was the intersections at the mouth of the bridge — particularly at the north end and along connecting arterial roads — that were most congested.
Kristen Thompson/ Metro Vancouver