Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vancouver - Bike route infrastructure causes school chaos

Vehicles jammed East 44th Avenue between Rupert and Killarney streets in front of Dr. George Weir elementary just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. Cars and SUVs travelled in both directions along the narrow road and struggled to pass one another alongside parked cars. Some were passing through the neighbourhood, but many were dropping children off at the school, which enrolls close to 500 students in kindergarten to Grade 7.

The congestion that occurs twice a day during student drop-off and pick-up largely arose after the city installed a traffic diverter on East 45th at Rupert on a trial basis last September. It's aimed at calming traffic on the designated bike route, but as a result traffic volume has doubled on East 44th.

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