Vancouver has its charms but it's no NYC. That said, the City of Vancouver is looking to update the Granville Street bridge and one of the proposed new looks has a striking resemblance to New York's iconic and highly Instagrammable Brooklyn Bridge. The new Granville Street Bridge design proposals by the city are out and they're inviting you to have your say at a couple of open houses before they determine how to move forward with the project.
Right now, the city has released six redesign proposals for the Granville Bridge Connector. The conceptual plans are aimed to improve the experience of everyone who's "walking, rolling, and cycling" across the bridge. Among the list of "precents" or design influences according to the proposal is the Brooklyn Bridge and the High Line in New York City. Could Vancouver be the next New York? Not likely since we don't even have Uber yet.
The current Granville Street Bridge seems totally out of place in the city. That's partly because when it was built 65 years ago, it was meant to connect to a freeway that never got built. The whole bridge is meant for high speed and high volume traffic that doesn't really exist.
One of the worst aspects of the bridge is that it's not pedestrian-friendly unlike the Cambie or the Burrard Bridge. An info sheet released by the city even points out that on a perfectly sunny summer day the bridge will see significantly fewer pedestrians and almost no cyclists compared to the other two bridges.
Among the precedents for the redesign are the High Line and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Also listed among the influences are already existing Vancouver bridges like the Canada Line and Burrard Street bridges. The city is looking at Toronto and Portland structures for inspiration, too.
One of the designs called "Raised Centre" shows a raised pathway in the middle of the bridge. This design would offer a unique view from the centre of the bridge on a platform that would be raised 1 metre so you could see over the traffic. It's the most Brooklyn Bridge-esque design and it would be an incredible addition to the bridge.
Here are the six proposed conceptual designs for the new look of the Granville Street bridge:
Vancouver's cyclists and pedestrians will get a huge benefit from the new Granville Bridge Connector. Encouraging active Vancouverites to commute by bike or on foot will also help the City of Vancouver to meet its targets for their Climate Emergency Response. The city council will decide in early 2020 on the future of the bridge.
If you want to have your say on the new look for the Granville Bridge, then you can register to attend an open house or a workshop this month. Check out their website for all the dates and details.