Vancouver city council has approved plans to build three more separated bikes lanes at a cost of $3 million that will further expand corridors dedicated to cyclists.
But some of the proposals for a lane along Union Street have been put off amid calls for further consultations.
Councillors voted Wednesday in favour of new bike lanes near the Canada Line Bridge connecting Richmond and south Vancouver, as well as a new one on the north end of the Cambie Street Bridge.
Most of the upgrades designed to make the Adanac Bikeway safer along Union Street were also given the OK, but more work will have to be done on provisions for Union Street east of Gore before it comes back to council for approval.
Strathcona Residents’ Association chairman Pete Fry told council the Union Street upgrades should be rejected outright.
"It fails to address business concerns around access for customers who drive as well as services and deliveries," he said, adding the consultation process with residents and businesses was simply inadequate.
But city transportation director Jerry Dobrovolny told council “we’ve had a lot of consultations with businesses” on the 200 block of Union Street.
He noted businesses were concerned about access to their stores and parking for customers if two-way vehicle traffic was reduced to just one lane going westbound towards downtown.
Instead, city staff came up with another proposal keeping the corridor open to vehicle traffic going both ways, while both motorists and cyclists would share the eastbound lane.
Dobrovolny added there was a “moderate impact” to businesses along the Hornby corridor when a bike lane was built there.
But he said it was difficult to get hard data from retailers measuring the full effect this had on them when parking stalls were removed in favour of cycling lanes.