The Dunsmuir Street bike lane has officially opened! If you haven’t used it yet, try it out.
It provides a quick, safe, and easy route, connecting East Vancouver to downtown (taking advantage of the Dunsmuir Viaduct bike lane).
The two-way lane has its own sets of traffic lights when heading east (Dunsmuir is a west-bound one-way street), plant boxes, LOTS of bike racks, and is physically separated from car traffic. As has been mentioned a few times in the media, there are a few wrinkles so far due to cars parking in the actual bike lane to unload to businesses, cars accidentally driving in the lane, and confusion as to where cars can turn right, but hopefully these will be ironed out in the near future.
For those who have been avoiding cycling downtown, this is a great opportunity to try again. There is a definite sense of safety and comfort when using these new lanes.
Check out the City of Vancouver’s website for more information.