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Vancouverites calling for more bike room, additional car-free days in Stanley Park: survey

Last Updated Nov 24, 2020 at 11:12 pm PST

FILE - Prospect Point in Stanley Park. (Riley Phillips, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

A survey found 70 per cent of Vancouverites think some sections of the road should be dedicated to bikes

Nearly as many think there should be more car-free days in the park

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — More space for cyclists and more car-free days at Stanley Park appears to be the ask after a survey of about 11,000 people.

One-third of those who took the survey live in the downtown core and were the most frequent visitors before the pandemic.

About 7-in-10 want some sections of road dedicated to cyclists, while 62 per cent said they’d like some car-free days.

25 per cent depend on a car to enjoy Stanley Park.


The survey comes after some temporary traffic changes that included closing the space to vehicle traffic in April.

According to the survey, these are the top reasons people visit Stanley Park:

  • To walk, roll or cycle – 73 per cent
  • To access nature in the city – 59 per cent
  • To visit the beaches and picnic areas – 47 per cent
  • To show visitors (ie. from out of town) around the park – 30 per cent
  • To drive through the park – 19 per cent

And these are the top features people value most about the park:

  • The natural environment – 83 per cent
  • The park’s open space to recreate, walk, run or cycle – 79 per cent
  • The convenient location and proximity to the city – 67 per cent
  • The park’s features and attractions – 25 per cent
  • The various dining opportunities in the park – 12 per cent

 

RELATED: Vancouver cyclists protest closure of Stanley Park’s temporary bike lane

In June, the park board voted to allow traffic once again – although at reduced capacity by turning one lane into a bike lane – and it also limited the number of parking spots.