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Cambie Bridge walking and cycling upgrades begin this weekend

June 1 2018 Improvements will help relieve pressure on the east shared path

“By creating a new southbound cycling lane on the bridge, and separating the walking and cycling on the east side of the bridge, the bridge will be safer and more comfortable for people to use."

Aerial view of Cambie Bridge

Changes to improve comfort and safety for people walking and cycling over Cambie Bridge will begin on June 2, 2018. Work is expected to be complete before the end of June.  

“The number of people choosing to walk or cycle over Cambie Bridge has increased in the last decade,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering Services for the City of Vancouver. “By creating a new southbound cycling lane on the bridge, and separating the walking and cycling on the east side of the bridge, the bridge will be safer and more comfortable for people to use. The solution also improves connections into and out of downtown, is relatively inexpensive, and will have minimal impact to motor vehicle flow. At either end of the bridge, motor vehicle travel lanes will remain the same as they are today and overall vehicle capacity will remain unchanged.”

Improvements to the bridge

Changes include:

  • Installation of a new southbound protected bike lane along the west side of the bridge and the W 2nd Avenue off-ramp using temporary concrete barriers
  • Installation of a painted line to separate walking and northbound cycling on the east path
  • Improvements to connections at the south end of Cambie Bridge

The east path changes were informed by additional feedback from stakeholders following public consultation in fall 2017. The City expects to keep making improvements to this route in the future, including upgrading connections at Cambie at W 2nd Ave, based on monitoring travel behaviour before and after construction. 

Cambie Bridge provides a critical link between BC’s two largest economic centres and high density neighbourhoods, with large volumes of people who walk and cycle. The City’s Transportation 2040 Plan identified the bridge as a priority location to improve comfort and safety for people walking and cycling. The interim improvements were approved by Council in January 2018:

Growth of cycling on Cambie Bridge since 2010

Weekday cycling volumes:

  • July 2010: 1,900 (First available counter data)
  • July 2014: 2,700 (First full summer following completion of the Smithe protected bike lane to Beatty)
  • July 2017: 3,200 (First full summer following completion of the Smithe, Nelson, and Beatty upgrades)

Monthly cycling volumes:

  • July 2010: 38,000
  • July 2014: 62,000
  • July 2017: 71,000

What to expect during construction

To minimize traffic impacts, work will be coordinated with special events in the area and road closures will generally take place outside of peak afternoon travel times and at night. Access for people walking and cycling will be maintained as much as possible during construction, with work slated for completion by the end of the month. 

Longer term solutions to improve walking and cycling conditions on the bridge will be considered following changes to the street network associated with the Northeast False Creek Plan moving forward. 

Learn more about the Cambie Bridge improvements.

Road users are encouraged to plan ahead by checking road closures online or connecting on the go through VanConnect

The City extends its thanks to residents, businesses and travellers for their patience while these interim improvements are completed.