Frequently asked questions
What are the options for the separated cycling path?
For the purpose of illustrating the different options, we have divided the cycle path into four zones. There are 2-3 different route options in Zones 1, 2, and 3. Options in each zone can fit together to create a cohesive path through Kitsilano Beach Park. We considered different options for cycle paths in Zone 4, but because of archaeological sensitivities and the need to further assess transportation impacts, we are not moving ahead with any options in Zone 4 at this time. This means that the cycle path in Zone 4 will remain the same as it is today.
How can I share my feedback?
Please take our survey from November 1 to 21 at https://shapeyourcity.ca/kits-beach-greenway/survey_tools/round-2-survey. Paper copies of the survey are available upon request. If you have further comments or questions for the project team, please email us at email@example.com or click "Ask A Question" on shapeyourcity.ca/kits-beach-greenway.
How long will the new path be in place?
This separated cycling path will be in use until the future Kitsilano Beach Park is completed. The plan will serve as a long-term guiding document and will cover all aspects of park renewal, and will consider impacts of developments like the Broadway Plan.
What happened in Round 1?
The first round of engagement asked for input on people’s values when it comes to a separated cycle path route through Kitsilano Beach Park. We also heard about challenges people experience traveling in the park, and recommendations for a cycling path through Kitsilano Beach Park. The survey was open from August 10-30, 2021 and identified the priority values of greenspace, connections and directness. You can find out more about what we heard by clicking on this summary.
What are the next steps?
Your input will help us identify a preferred route for the cycling path. The third and final round of engagement, planned for early 2022, will offer you the chance to review and share your input on the preferred cycle path route. The design will be fine-tuned based on this feedback and presented to the Park Board for approval in spring 2022.
Why aren't you asking for input on safety?
We already consider safety and comfort to be top and non-negotiable priorities when it comes to the design of a separated cycle path in the park.
What is a greenway?
Greenways are car-lite to car-free corridors that prioritize active transportation and recreation for people of all ages and abilities and identities that also serve as high-quality continuous public spaces. They form a city-wide interconnected network that connect diverse neighbourhoods together and provide equitable and inclusive access to key destinations and experience of nature in the city. They provide opportunities for reconciliation, community building and stewardship, improved natural systems and public life in a manner that enhances and responds to the surrounding context.
What is the Seaside Greenway?
It is the 28km‐long walking, rolling, and cycling path connecting the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks. Most of the Seaside Greenway has separate paths for people walking and rolling and for people cycling. This keeps people moving at different speeds separate and offers a more comfortable experience for path users.
Why is the work is being done?
Kitsilano Beach Park is one of Vancouver’s most popular parks, and we want to make it safer and easier for people to travel to and through the park. The section of the Seaside Greenway in and adjacent to Kitsilano Beach Park is one of the only sections of the Greenway that does not provide separate paths for cycling and walking/rolling, which has led to some access and safety concerns. Providing separate paths for walking/rolling and for cycling will make the Greenway safer and more comfortable for all users.
What is the main goal of this work?
This project will establish a separated bike path that connects Balsam Street to Ogden Avenue across the park and improve entryways into the park, maintaining access to the various park amenities. We are asking for input from park and pathway users to help us develop design options for a separated cycle path that make it a safe and comfortable route for all users, including children, families, and people with reduced mobility while reducing conflicts between park users.
Where is the project happening?
We are looking at the segment of the Seaside Greenway between Balsam Street and Ogden Avenue, including a section of shared walking, rolling, and cycling path in Kitsilano Beach Park.
Who is leading the project?
The project is being led by the Park Board. City Engineering staff will be providing their active transportation design and construction expertise, including considering possible reallocation of street space.