For several years now, the Burrard St. bridge has had dedicated, separated bike lanes, and this has greatly increased bike traffic. In the present configuration, northbound bikes take the sidewalk which is banned to pedestrians.
On July 22, Vancouver City Council approved a series of further upgrades, in particular removing one lane available to cars in the northbound direction to create a bike lane, and thus restore access on this side of the bridge to pedestrians. Other upgrades include anti suicide barriers, and improvements to the intersection of Pacific and Burrard to improve safety for both pedestrians and cyclists. Construction is expected to take 18 months.
The other is this bike counter, which is a public display of the number of bike crossings.
Today I was #3140 for the day, but a few more had crossed by the time I got my camera out.
It would be nice to have such counters in a few strategic places in Toronto. I know that the city does tally some statistics, but this is a public affirmation of the popularity of bike transport.
I always enjoy the experience of biking in Vancouver.
Update: the Burrard Bridge logged one million bike crossings this year.