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Call for improvements to Seaside Greenway for cyclists

Last Updated Jul 16, 2017 at 10:13 am PDT

(Photo courtesy www.letsgobiking.net)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you’ve ever biked around the Kitsilano Beach and Vanier Park area, you know it can be a little tricky – even downright dangerous at times. There’s a new call for the Park Board to make improvements.

Lisa Slakov with HUB, the local cycling advocacy group, says most of the Seaside Greenway is safely separated with walking and biking paths but it’s really hazardous at times from the Burrard Bridge to Trafalgar St.

“You’re directed to go through a parking lot with your little children, it’s an extremely busy Kits Beach parking lot and there’s cars pulling in and out constantly, that very dangerous,” she says.

“If you choose to follow the path that runs along the water, a lot of that is super narrow, not separated. So you’ve got all kinds of issues with people walking, biking, dogs on leashes stretching across. So it needs to be fixed.”

She would like to see a process, with major stakeholders weighing in with their needs so the problem route can be fixed. She says HUB has been urging the Park Board to make changes for a couple of years now.

“We’ve now got some good dialogue going and we’re hoping that things can happen. But things take so long, we just really want to highlight the issue and move it along,” Slakov says.

Slakov says a great example of that is the new and improved seaside bike route between the Cambie and Burrard Bridges.