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Climate protest on Burrard Bridge forces bus route changes today

A planned protest targeting Vancouver's Burrard Bridge Monday means not only traffic disruptions but also transit schedule changes.
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A planned protest targeting Vancouver's Burrard Bridge Monday means not only traffic disruptions but also transit schedule changes.

The Extinction Rebellion movement is planning to place protesters in the traffic lanes of the Burrard Bridge starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday; many participants will sit or lie down on the bridge to block traffic.

The City of Vancouver is not reporting an official closure for the bridge, however TransLink has opted to re-route the buses that use the Burrard crossing.

The #2, #32, and #44 will all be re-routed to the Granville Bridge, according to TransLink's bus alerts.

Here are the details of the re-routes:

  • 2 Macdonald detour beginning Mon Oct 7 at 7:45 AM. Regular route to Burrard & Davie then Davie, Howe, continue Granville Bridge, 4 Ave, MacDonald, resume regular route due to march.
  • 2 Downtown detour beginning Mon Oct 7 at 7:45 AM. Regular route to Cornwall and Burrard then via Burrard, 4 Ave, Hemlock, 5 Av, Granville Bridge, Seymour off ramp, Seymour, Davie, Burrard, resume regular route due to march.
  • 32 Downtown detour beginning Mon Oct 7 at 7:45 AM. Regular route to Cornwall and Burrard then via Burrard, 4 Ave, Hemlock, 5 Av, Granville Bridge, Seymour off ramp, Seymour, Davie, Burrard, resume regular route due to march.
  • 44 UBC detour beginning Mon Oct 7 at 7:45 AM. Regular route to Burrard & Davie then Davie, Howe, continue Granville Bridge, 4 Ave, resume regular route due to march.
  • 44 Downtown detour beginning Mon Oct 7 at 7:45 AM. Regular route to 4 Ave and Burrard then 4 Ave, Hemlock, 5 Ave, Granville Bridge, Seymour off ramp, Seymour, Davie, Burrard, resume regular route due to march.

Extinction Rebellion says they plan to occupy the bridge for the entirety of Monday, however documents issued by the group indicate they may continue to have a presence through into Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The intent is for our key decision-makers to wake up and take some action on the climate crisis,” said Nova Scotia protest organizer Patrick Yancey.

In an open letter to Vancouver, Extinction rebellion indicates that transit, emergency services, and commuters will have to plan accordingly for the action.

"This inconvenience is small compared to the irreversible and catastrophic damage to the planet that scientists agree will continue into the future unless we make drastic changes to our way of life and to our relationship with our land, air, and water."