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Temporary Stanley Park bike lane back up for debate in Vancouver

Last Updated Mar 9, 2021 at 8:10 am PDT

FILE -- A man bikes along a vehicle-restricted road in Stanley Park. (CityNews Vancouver)
Summary

Stanley Park temporary bike lane has been a controversial topic for businesses, locals

The temporary lane was brought in last year in an effort to promote physical distancing outdoors

Park Board commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to bring back the Stanley Park bike lane

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After a delay in getting to the issue on Monday, Vancouver Park Board commissioners are expected to vote on Tuesday on whether to bring back a temporary bike lane through Stanley Park.

Some businesses in the area say it will be devastating if the bike lane gets approved, but others say it will give cyclists more room to get around.

If the controversial subject gets the go-ahead, the bike lane would be re-instated immediately and would be in place until the end of October.

The temporary lane was brought in last year in an effort to promote physical distancing outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those against the temporary lane have said it removes 666 parking spots, making the park less accessible to all.

“Last year’s chaos, gridlock, and reduced access to the park should make it easy for anyone, particularly Park Board commissioners, to see that Stanley Park should remain open and accessible to all,” reads a statement signed by a number of restaurants, clubs, and tourist destinations.

The motion to reinstate the bike lane is being brought by Commissioner Camil DuMont, and says a survey “showed that the majority of the respondents supported the temporary changes that had been implemented in 2020.”