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The Granville Bridge over False Creek

Granville Bridge Connector

We’re developing conceptual plans for an improved walking, rolling, and cycling path across Granville Bridge.

Originally designed for high volume freeways that were never built, Granville Bridge presents significant accessibility and safety challenges for today’s urban context.

Addressing these challenges by improving conditions for walking, rolling, and cycling are key to accommodating the growing number of people living, working, and playing in the city and region.

Our engagement process will also include opportunities for big ideas around public space such as art, seating, and lookout stations to provide scenic views from the bridge.

What's happening

The first phase of our public engagement process was underway from April 4 to May 10.

As part of this phase, we sought feedback on the proposed goals, how you use the bridge today, as well as your aspirations for the kind of connection Granville Bridge could be.

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Current challenges

By City of Vancouver

Granville Bridge was designed to connect to high-speed, high-volume freeways that were never built.The freeway-style design presents significant safety and accessibility challenges for today’s urban context.

  • Narrow and uncomfortable sidewalks next to high-speed traffic

  • Steps in the sidewalks at crossings make the bridge inaccessible for people with mobility aids such as wheelchairs and scooters.

  • Unsignalized crosswalks at vehicle ramps feel unsafe and contribute to motor vehicle collisions.

  • Confusing connections due to vehicle ramps and signage designed for high-speed traffic

  • No cycling facilities across the bridge means people cycling either share a travel lane with high-speed motor traffic, or mix with pedestrians on the sidewalk.

 

Proposed goals

The improvements would:

  • Make walking, rolling, and cycling across the bridge accessible, safe, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities
  • Provide direct and intuitive walking, rolling, and cycling connections to key destinations and to the rest of the network
  • Create a special place that provides an enjoyable experience for all
  • Accommodate motor vehicles, considering the needs of transit, emergency services, and people driving
  • Design with the future in mind, considering related projects and opportunities to coordinate work

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Timeline

Here is our timeline and anticipated milestones. The timeline is subject to change based on input and direction by Council.

  • January 30, 2019

    Council approval

    Council approves moving forward with public engagement to inform additional design options as part of improvements to the bridge.

  • Spring 2019

    Phase 1

    We’re seeking feedback on the draft goals, how you use the bridge today, and your aspirations for the kind of connection Granville Bridge could be.

  • We are here
  • Summer 2019

    Phase 2

    We’ll report back on what we heard in Phase 1, and reach out to present and hear your feedback on high-level design options for improved walking, rolling, and cycling connections on the bridge.

  • Fall 2019

    Phase 3

    We’ll report back on what we heard in Phase 2 and present an evaluation of the design options.

  • Winter 2019

    Council decision

    The proposed design will be presented to Council for review. Pending Council approval, this timeline will be updated to reflect implementation.


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