July .29 .2013

Province Commits to Improving Safety on Stanley Park Causeway

At last, an update about the future of the Stanley Park Causeway. It sounds encouraging.

The province has made a commitment to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety along the Causeway. The initiative comes a few months after a 61-year-old cyclist died after colliding with a bus. There have been three recorded cyclist accidents on the Causeway and approach to the Lion's Gate Bridge in the past five years.

"The Ministry of Transportation is absolutely committed to developing a plan for improvements," said representative Todd Stone. "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when."

cartoon cyclistDespite being a provincially-owned road, the ministry is collaborating with city engineers and the Vancouver park board to come up with a plan fitting everyone's needs. It's expected that a final report will be ready by the end of the summer.

Possible improvements to the Causeway include widening the sidewalk and adding barriers to make it separate from the roadway.

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