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Vancouver city council approves bike lane for 10th Avenue next to VGH

After months of consultation and debate, Vancouver city council passed a plan revamping the 10th Avenue corridor between Oak and Cambie Streets.

New separated bike lane will run between Oak and Cambie

One recommendation from the final design calls for raised, uni-directional, protected bikes lanes on both sides of 10th Avenue. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

After months of consultation and debate, Vancouver city council passed a plan revamping the 10th Avenue corridor between Oak and Cambie Streets. 

The $3-million plan will see a separated and raised bike lane — removing 75 metered parking spaces — but also improved sidewalks, shorter crossings, and an increased number of parking spots for people with disabilities.

Initial proposals for the stretch raised concerns with seniors and disability advocates, who said such a lane would eliminate much needed metered parking in the area, which is adjacent to Vancouver General Hospital.

But after consultations, the city came up with a revised proposal, which included additional parking spaces for people with disabilities and passenger loading spaces. It also retained 62 metered parking spaces on side streets, which had been considered for removal.

The full report can be found here. During the meeting, councillors also passed a new traffic congestion plan

The motion passed by an eight-to-two margin, with NPA councillors George Affleck and Melissa De Genova voting against it.

Construction is scheduled to begin during the fall and winter 2017.