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City plans upgrades to bike lane on Haro Street

The City of Vancouver is planning to upgrade the bike route along Haro Street in the West End to meet AAA design guidelines.

The work will take place next year as part of water main upgrades along the street, from Denman to Thurlow.

According to the city, “the Haro Street Bikeway is expected to become an important cycling connection between the Cambie Street Bridge in the east, and Stanley Park and the Lions Gate bridge in the west, as well as public spaces along Bute St. in the future.”

However, Smithe Street, which runs west from the Cambie Bridge, eventually turning into Haro Street, only has a bike lane for a portion of its length (from Expo to Richards). After Richards, the bike lane disappears and cyclists are forced to ride in a traffic lane in one of the busiest areas in downtown Vancouver.

Surprisingly, this plan for Haro Street upgrades does not appear to resolve the missing connection between the Smithe bike lane west of Richards and Haro Street.

The upgrades to Haro Street will result in portions of the street allowing one-way traffic only, as seen in the map below.

Haro Street bike lane one way.
Sections of Haro Street, indicated in orange, will be changed to one-way. Credit: City of Vancouver

To learn more about the Haro Street bike lane upgrades, visit vancouver.ca

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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