COV Mulls over Georgia Street Pedestrian Link Options

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The City of Vancouver has been looking to connect Georgia Street to False Creek for quite some time now. With the BC Place roof replacement now underway and a brand new casino in the books, city council wants to create a better connection to the rest of Downtown. As it stands right now the areas around BC Place and GM Place are dead zones on non event days/times. Hopefully this will change as more projects (GM Place office tower, Concord Pacific’s False Creek 2020 vision, BC Place Casino and more) are built in the surrounding area.

Here are 3 options the city is considering for the Georgia St. pedestrian link:


Option 1: Georgia Stairs
Features:
• pedestrian stairs aligned to Georgia Street
• bicycle access to southwest side of BC Place Stadium
• transparent elevator (4 levels)
• optional overpass over Pacific Boulevard


Option 2: Georgia Ribbon
Features:
• pedestrian stairs aligned to Georgia Street
• combined bicycle / disabled access on continuous pathway (5% slope, -8m width)
• transparent elevator (4 levels)
• optional overpass over Pacific Boulevard
• Georgia Ribbon: a winding informal edge defined by the red ribbon wall


Option 3: Georgia Red Poles
Features:
• pedestrian stairs aligned to Georgia Street
• combined bicycle / disabled access on continuous pathway (5% slope, 5m width)
• transparent elevator (4 levels)
• optional overpass over Pacific Boulevard
• red poles connect Georgia Street to False Creek water body and an informal meandering pathway wraps between red poles (Asian Zigzag bridge)

I like option 3 the best, although the red poles are a bit much. Maybe poles similar to the ones on Granville Street would be a better choice.

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