Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will open a new commuter bike lane in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning, as part of the city's $25-million plan to make its streets safer for cyclists.

The two-way bike lane on the north side of Dunsmuir Street will connect the recently opened bike lane on the Dunsmuir Viaduct with Hornby Street in an east-west direction.


Cyclists use the new Dunsmuir bike lane on Tuesday morning. ((Mark Forsythe/CBC))

But unlike many bike lanes on Vancouver's streets that are only marked by a line of paint, the new lane is separated from traffic by concrete barriers and flower planters. 

It was built for a cost of about $800,000 and will be run on a trial basis for at least six months.

The city approved the lane in late May and plans to eventually construct a similar bike lane flowing north-south through the downtown core to connect the bike lane across the Burrard Street Bridge with Coal Harbour.