For Immediate Release
Thursday, Mar. 23, 2023
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Bridgitte Anderson, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, released the following statement in response to the City of Vancouver’s report on transportation options for Broadway:
“The Broadway Corridor is a vital east/west connector that carries commuters, transit, and commercial traffic throughout our city. It would be very misguided to take away an additional lane from Broadway as it would create major congestion for trucks, cars, transit, emergency vehicles and traffic generally.
We support the original Broadway plan design, developed through public engagement, which prioritized more space for patios and other public spaces, as well as pedestrians, rather than duplicating nearby parallel cycling infrastructure along 10th Avenue and on the north side of Broadway. This is the best way to improve Broadway for businesses and residents.
The Broadway Corridor has enormous potential for the future of our city, as a growing hub for jobs and a place more Vancouverites can live. Constraining mobility through the corridor would prevent this area from achieving its full potential.
The Broadway Subway is slated to open in 2026 and more and more people want to call Vancouver home. We must ensure that we are developing enough housing to fill the need and making the right transportation decisions to support our growth.”
About the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade:
Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Western Canada's leading business association, engaging our members to inform public policy at all levels of government and empowering them to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one-third of B.C.'s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through unique programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events platforms in the country, providing a stage for national and international thought leaders to enlighten B.C.'s business leaders.