Vancouver is a very bike-friendly city, even ranking second among the most bike-friendly cities in Canada, and, to the delight of cyclists and motorists, the many bike lanes already installed around the city are on the point to increase. Along with other parts of Metro Vancouver’s transit system, of course.
TransLink, which operates Metro Vancouver’s transit system, funds the development of new or improved greenways, bike lanes, sidewalks, multi-use paths, intersections and roads through the Municipal Funding Program .
Of a total of $130 million, just over $24.5 million will be invested in Vancouver-based projects alone.
The municipal funding program initiates improvements in each municipality and helps “maintain, upgrade and build new transportation infrastructure in Metro Vancouver,” TransLink said in an Aug. 3 news release.
The transport company will finance up to 100% of the costs of projects aimed at improving the efficiency of the bus transport system or cycling infrastructure, and will finance up to 75% of upgrade and renovation projects.
Here’s how much TransLink will contribute for each project, investing a total of $24,554,886 in Vancouver’s transportation system:
- 49th Avenue – EB to Boundary Rd ($132,000) – Bus priority lane signage upgrade from side panels to overhead panels including electrical design for post/base replacement on EB approach from Arlington to Boundary Rd in coordination with the City of Burnaby (new bus lanes on Imperial)
- 49th Avenue – Oak to Cambie ($209,000) – Extension to Oak & Cambie segment with priority and approach lanes for buses and consolidation of bus stops. Includes hanging panels and electrical design for post/base replacement
- Arbutus Greenway Spot Upgrades – W King Edward ($850,000) – Modify signal operations and crosswalks for pedestrians and cyclists at Arbutus Greenway / W King Edward Avenue.
- Bus Stop Balancing on Routes 4 and 7 – Stop Decommissioning ($529,500) – Decommissioning of 45 bus stops on Routes 4 (UBC to Renfrew/McGill) and 7 (Dunbar Loop to Nanaimo Station) and installation of 8 new stops.
- Cambie Bridge Seismic Improvement and Rehabilitation – Ph2b ($4,450,000) – Improve and rehabilitate the Cambie Street Bridge
- Commercial Drive Driver (1st to Venables) ($228,000) – Test bus priority measures on Commercial Drive from 1st Avenue to Venables Street.
- Downtown Cycling Network Expansion ($1,000,000) – Build a two-way protected bike lane on Smithe Street between Thurlow Street and Richards Street.
- Vancouver East Sidewalks ($200.00) – Construct 1 km of sidewalks in the Hastings Sunrise/Renfrew-Collingwood area.
- MNR Bridge Expansion Joint Replacement Program ($292,500) – Replace expansion joints on five vehicular bridges along the MRN and one pedestrian bridge over the MRN
- Granville and Hastings – WBLT and NBRT Overlap ($231,000) – Modify signaling operations at Granville Street / Hastings Street.
- Granville Bridge – Rehabilitation of approach and south concrete ramps ($5,000,000) – Rehabilitate the south concrete approach and the ramps of the Granville Street bridge.
- Granville Bridge Connector ($2,493,000) – Convert two existing traffic lanes on the west side of the Granville bridge into pedestrian/rolling/cycling lanes; Signal the level crossings of Fir and Howe streets; Make the South Granville Loop car-free.
- Granville Street Phase 2 Improvements ($125,000) – Evaluate and monitor the results of the bus priority lane pilot project on Granville Street, 16th Avenue to SW Marine Drive.
- Granville Street Bridge Cover Phase 2b ($4,995,886) – Cover the rue Granville bridge.
- Kingsway Bus Priority Lane Design (Fraser to Boundary) ($125,000) – Implement bus priority lanes and intersection improvements along 11 km of Kingsway between Fraser Street and Boundary Road.
- Langara Sidewalks ($804,000) – Build 2 km of sidewalks in the Oakridge/Marpole area.
- Main Street and Kingsway Phase 2 Improvements ($245,000) – Evaluate the results of the bus priority lane pilot project on Main Street from Terminal Avenue to Kingsway and on Kingsway from Main Street to Fraser Street.
- Sidewalks of Mount Pleasant ($400,000) – Build 1 km of sidewalks in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.
- Ontario Greenway AAA Upgrades ($1,225,000) – Upgrade Ontario Greenway to AAA standards (partial and full road closures, protected intersection features, easier transitions between bike paths at 1st Ave intersection).
- St George Rainway (Broadway to 5th Ave) ($900.00) – Build a 280 m long bicycle path on St. George Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway; Convert St. George Street one-way south; Implement street closures between 6th and 7th Avenue.
- Strathcona sidewalks ($450,000) – Construct 1 km of sidewalks in the Strathcona neighborhood.