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Park Board asks for report on how to make seawall safer

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s the most popular recreational asset to the Vancouver Park Board.

Thousands of people use the seawall from Stanley Park to False Creek everyday, and the next time you go down to it, you may see new signage for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Park Board passed a motion to study problem areas for users and to come up with strategies in order to keep everyone safe.

“The underlining goal here is to make sure that everybody, able bodied, not [able-bodied], cyclists, pedestrians, rollerbladers, young and old, everyone can use that seawall and use it in a safe way,” explains Park Commissioner Aaron Jasper.

In the next few months, staff will review portions of the seawall which may have higher number of conflicts among those on wheels and those on foot.

Both short-term and long-term recommendations may be made by staff.

“I think that there will be some, I would imagine, short term, cost effective options that we can explore. Everything from better signage, better marked laneways, perhaps the lime green coloured sections to identify for cyclists,” notes Jasper.

In the future, he adds you could expect physical changes to lanes near Granville Island.

Once the report is complete, it will come back to the Park Board for review, followed by public consultation to get feedback from you.