I am writing regarding the closure of one lane of the McInnes overpass for pedestrians.
It was closed in spring 2020 when social distancing restrictions came into effect. It should not have been closed then since pedestrians have many other ways to get to SkyTrain and Columbia Street while vehicles do not. Having to use the Begbie Street crossing when leaving Quayside Drive, vehicles often sit idling waiting for a train to pass or a construction stop sign or take the long way around via the Third Avenue overpass.
Our city council is still keeping the single lane in place until at least September, allowing pedestrians to "social distance" while walking to a restaurant to sit next to each other, or shop without distancing restrictions in place anymore.
Obviously the excessive pollution - contributing to climate change - from vehicles as a result of the closure is not a concern of this council.
Geraldine Harder-Anderson, New Westminster