In what could be interpreted as an admission of a problem, the City of Vancouver snapped into action after GlobalTV's Rumina Daya inquired into the safety of the aging Burrard Bridge. Only one day after Coun. Heather Deal said everything was A-OK with the bridge, the public saw the Engineering Dept. swing into action with up to 25 employees crawling all over the structure, with man-lifts moved in and netting and new signage set in place.
"It's better to be safe than sorry," said Acting City Engineer Peter Judd in response to the reports about falling debris. Another observer on the street commented, "Maybe [the netting] will act temporarily, but in the long run maybe they should get serious about it." Indeed.
Until this summer when Gregor Robertson's bike lane trial ceases and council gives its final approval to close the lane (the decision has been all but made through council's repeated boasts on the trial's "success"), no real work on removing and replacing the aging concrete railings or improving the safety conditions underneath the bridge can get underway.
So until then be sure to pay heed to the "Watch for Falling Debris" signs underneath, be sure that your bike helmets are well-fitted, or consider finding alternate routes.