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City releases final plan for Point Grey bike lane

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver is out with a final version of its plan to make biking and walking better between the Burrard Bridge and Jericho Beach.

It includes sending thousands of cars and trucks to other roads each day.

The plan goes to council next week and adds a separated bike lane on parts of Point Grey Road, while it limits car traffic to locals-only on that street between Macdonald and Alma.

That’s going to send up to 10,000 cars a day onto other roads.

Also, York Avenue would get a bike lane, instead of Cornwall, which had been the city’s original choice.

The city’s Jerry Dobrovolny says it’s the result of consultations that began in January. “There’s no shortage of opinions, and no shortage of strong opinions. But we’ve received lots of support for this project, lots of support for the goals and objectives.”

The city is asking council to approve a $6-million budget.

Councillor Heather Deal says it’s all about dealing with a danger zone. “There have been 51 accidents in that stretch alone in the last four years.”

But councillor George Affleck accuses others on council of a divide-and-conquer plan. “It’s really concerning that we’re seeing neighbours against neighbours on this issue, community centres, Marpole, Grandview-Woodland.”

The report goes to council next week for approval.