VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The City of Vancouver is piloting painted pavement at a few key bus stops to cut down on cars stopping in front of buses.
That has some Vancouverites seeing red. The roadway in front of some bus stops, painted a bright scarlet, is supposed to keep cab drivers, delivery drivers and others from stopping in areas that will interfere with bus service.
In a tweet, the city says a single car stopped in a bus zone can slow down hundreds of people on their commute.
Steer clear of the red zone! Along with @TransLink, we’re piloting red zones at key bus stops to remind people bus stops aren’t for cars. A single stopped car can slow down hundreds of people. If the red zones work, we’ll look at rolling out more in the future. #VanTraffic pic.twitter.com/oMv5f2qnJI
— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) October 2, 2019
Some Twitter users responded saying the paint has a strong odour, while others pointed out that there is not adequate parking for delivery and commercial drivers in the city.
One user tweeted suggesting getting rid of parking on Broadway altogether, creating designated bus lanes.
A @CityofVancouver pilot project has the areas in front of some bus stops painted red, to deter cars stopping in front of mass transit. @peterjontheair has more on the public reaction to these “red zones” right now on @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/KIVJF6PVN4
— Espe (@EspeCurrie) October 2, 2019
Others said they found the paint “visually rather overwhelming,” but one countered they had seen the paint while driving and found it a good reminder not to stop.
While only a few stops have the red paint now, the city says if the number of cars is reduced, the city says it will expand the number of locations.