Stanley Park Causeway to see $7M facelift
A photo illustration of the Stanley Park Causeway changes announced by Transportation Minister Todd Stone Tuesday. (David La Riviere, 24 hours)
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone announced Tuesday the government intends to spend $7 million to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety along the Stanley Park Causeway as part of the B.C. on the Move, 10-year transportation plan.
Improvements to the causeway include widening the sidewalks and installing fencing between the path and road. The ministry has been looking to widen the sidewalks since 2013, following a fatal incident with a cyclist who died after falling into traffic while riding through Stanley Park.
“Right now the sidewalks are too narrow for the number of users,” Stone said.
“Conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians are becoming, unfortunately, more and more frequent.”
Stone added the funding is will derive from the $2.5-billion province-wide transportation plan.
Arno Schortinghuis, B.C. Cycling Coalition president, said they’ve been working closely with the ministry for more than a year to create a practical design for the new sidewalks.
“What we’d like to see is that paths like this have a consistent format for where the pedestrians are and where the cyclists are, and we’re still working on that.”