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Aerial view of Cambie Bridge

Cambie Bridge improvements

The Transportation 2040 Plan, identified Cambie Bridge as a priority to improve comfort and safety for people walking and cycling. The bridge provides a critical link between BC’s two largest economic centres and high density neighbourhoods. 

Currently the east sidewalk is shared by pedestrians and cyclists. As the sidewalk has become busier over the last decade, conflicts have increased between people walking and cycling

What we're aiming to do

  • Reduce conflicts between people walking and cycling on the shared-use path on the east side of the bridge
  • Improve safety and comfort for people of all-ages-and-abilities (AAA) cycling southbound across Cambie Bridge
  • Improve connections in and out of downtown at a low cost and with minimal impact to motor vehicle flow

Contact the project team

cambiebridge@vancouver.ca

Improvements

We are installing a new southbound protected bike lane on the west side of Cambie Bridge and painting a line along the east path to separate northbound walking and cycling. 

Interim improvements will help relieve pressure on the east side shared-use path. Over the longer term, the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge ramp may be widened. 

North end (Downtown)

  • Extend the east-bound protected bike lane on Nelson St to connect to the new protected bike lane on Cambie Bridge
  • Provide a bike crossing on Nelson St to connect the Beatty Street protected bike lane to the new protected bike lane on Cambie Bridge

South end (Olympic Village Station)

  • Extend and narrow the south-bound protected bike lane to single file along the westbound exit ramp
  • Connect the bike lane to the existing sidewalk at the south end of the exit ramp
  • Provide separation between people walking and cycling on the west side

Mid-span

  • Reallocate the west southbound curb lane to create a protected bike lane
  • Painting a line along the east path to seperate northbound walking and cycling
Walking and cycling volumes
Source: City of Vancouver Panel Survey, City of Vancouver vehicle counter data

Timeline

The project was presented to Council for consideration in early 2018. Improvements will be constructed in spring/summer 2018.

  • Phase 1

    Develop a detailed interim improvement design for the bridge

    February 2018 – Council approves interim bridge improvements

  • Phase 2

    Create a plan for construction and implementation

  • We are here
  • Phase 3

    Identify future improvements based on feedback and monitoring of the interim changes

Past updates

On Thursday, November 30, 2018, we held an open house about the proposed protected bike lane on the west side of the bridge.