The Vancouver Park Board says it has obtained greater than 7,500 responses to a survey about adjustments to Stanley Park through the pandemic, and it hopes to obtain extra.
The park board has prolonged the deadline for its Stanley Park — Response to COVID-19 survey till midnight on Sept. 20.
Lane reductions and different adjustments made to Stanley Park for the reason that spring have been celebrated by some individuals for opening the park up to extra cyclists and pedestrians, whereas others have decried choke factors for automobiles and parking points.
The survey is supposed to tell decision-makers as they think about whether or not any of the adjustments ought to develop into everlasting.
Automotive entry by way of Stanley Park has been restricted since April to encourage individuals to practise bodily distancing whereas strolling and biking. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)
In April, the park board quickly closed the roads in Stanley Park to motorized autos and diverted cyclists off the seawall and onto Stanley Park Drive.
The objective was to permit for higher bodily distancing, giving cyclists extra room to bike by way of the park and pedestrians more room on the seawall, in accordance with the park board.
In late June, roads in Stanley Park have been reopened to autos with a short lived visitors plan that has one devoted lane for automobile visitors and one lane for cyclists.
The seawall stays closed to cyclists.
‘It wasn’t damaged’
On Saturday, about 50 individuals gathered within the park to voice their displeasure with adjustments to street entry.
A web-based petition asking that the momentary closure be reversed had 28,000 signatures as of early Sunday night.
Colleen McGuinness, chair of the senior advisory committee for the Metropolis of Vancouver, says the present iteration of the park makes it troublesome for individuals with disabilities and a few seniors to go to. She and others need it returned to 2 lanes of visitors.
McGuinness stated the park board additionally did not do sufficient to seek the advice of the neighborhood on the momentary adjustments.
“What we’re attempting to say is, ‘It wasn’t damaged. You are attempting to repair it and you probably did a poor job. Take it again to the place it was.”
Within the spring, when Stanley Park was utterly closed to autos, bike journeys elevated 76 per cent, up from a median of three,000 cyclists per day to greater than 5,300.
On Mom’s Day, 8,301 individuals rode by way of Stanley Park, in accordance with the park board.
It says greater than 90 per cent of Stanley Park Drive continues to be accessible to car visitors. Seventy-four per cent of parking spots are additionally nonetheless obtainable.
Any future everlasting adjustments, it additionally stated, “would require intensive engagement with stakeholders and the general public.”
Greater than 7,500 individuals have participated in our survey about their experiences in Stanley Park through the previous six months. Given all of the curiosity, we’re extending the survey till midnight Sept. 20. Survey at: <a href=”https://t.co/Ltyf0A6czi”>https://t.co/Ltyf0A6czi</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Jy0sbLhqga”>pic.twitter.com/Jy0sbLhqga</a>