Anger over Point Grey Road closure
Point Grey Road now resembles an obstacle course as city crews set up these barriers to close part of the street to vehicle traffic, drawing the ire of some area residents. (PHOTO ADA SLIVINSKI/ QMI AGENCY)
More than 50 people turned out Monday to voice their opposition to the controversial West Point Grey bike line and resulting road closure.
“Clearly people are still very angry about closing Point Grey Road,” said George Affleck, the Vancouver NPA city councillor who led the protest. “The road has been closed to cars since Saturday, but Monday is the first day it would have impacted work-week commuters.
The Point Grey bike lane is the latest addition to Seaside Greenway, a project Mayor Gregor Robertson vocally defends.
“It’s a necessary investment to reduce traffic on the road and give people a safe option to get around the city,” he said last week after a Vancouver Board of Trade panel on transit.
The bike lane in one of the country’s most affluent neighbourhoods, in particular, has been a contentious project for politicians and the public alike.
“The mayor and Vision Vancouver have been absolutely terrible at consultation and working with the people of this city, listening to the people of this city,” Affleck said.
Vision Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal defended the project.
“It’s unfortunate Coun. Affleck is so angry about this.”
She noted that while asking people to change their behaviour is challenging, she was convinced they will be pleased with the new lanes.