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Residents upset Vancouver spending $6M for “unnecessary” widening on Point Grey Road - CKNW

Vancouver, BC, Canada / News Talk 980 CKNW | Estefania Duran Posted: May 14, 2016 05:48 pm 

Point Grey residents are taking matters into their own hands after they claim the City of Vancouver ignored their concerns over the widening of the sidewalk on Point Grey Road.

Locals took out an advertisement in the Vancouver Sun, expressing their frustration over the $6.4 million-dollar project.

The City of Vancouver voted in 2013 to create the Point Grey Road bike lane, and early this month proposed widening the north sidewalk between Alma Street and Tatlow to three metres as an inland substitute for the rejected seawall.

On-street parking would be banned on the north side, the road narrowed between Waterloo Street and Tatlow Park and widened slightly between Alma and Waterloo. Cul-de-sacs would be refined near Trutch Street and some trees and hedges would be removed.

In an email to CKNW, residents explain that the majority of residents are opposed the unnecessary spending, especially when it makes the streets unsafe.

They explain a wider sidewalk would make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists, making it very dangerous.

They say minor modifications and better signage is all they need, saving millions and avoiding accidents.

In the letter they urge people to contact the city to questions this “threat to safety.”

Construction is set to begin this fall.

(Click here to see the CKNW article.)

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