Making streets for people

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We are making temporary changes to our streets to help residents physically distance and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to our communities by:

  • Room to Move. Repurposing street space for more walking, rolling, and cycling along Beach Ave.
  • Pop-up Plazas. Creating pop-up plazas so people can gather outside
  • Temporary Patios. Approving temporary patios so people can dine out and businesses can continue to serve customers
  • Sidewalk Widening. Making more room for walking and queuing along busy streets
  • Room to Queue. Making more room to line up and board buses at some key bus stops
  • Slow Streets. Calming traffic to make ‘slow streets’ more comfortable for people walking, rolling, and cycling

These measures also support our ongoing effort to create safer streets, limit the effects of climate change, and increase social connection between residents. We are monitoring the impacts of these initiatives and getting feedback from the public to understand what could become longer term.

Fill out the survey and share your ideas to help us make streets for people during COVID-19 recovery.

We are making temporary changes to our streets to help residents physically distance and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to our communities by:

  • Room to Move. Repurposing street space for more walking, rolling, and cycling along Beach Ave.
  • Pop-up Plazas. Creating pop-up plazas so people can gather outside
  • Temporary Patios. Approving temporary patios so people can dine out and businesses can continue to serve customers
  • Sidewalk Widening. Making more room for walking and queuing along busy streets
  • Room to Queue. Making more room to line up and board buses at some key bus stops
  • Slow Streets. Calming traffic to make ‘slow streets’ more comfortable for people walking, rolling, and cycling

These measures also support our ongoing effort to create safer streets, limit the effects of climate change, and increase social connection between residents. We are monitoring the impacts of these initiatives and getting feedback from the public to understand what could become longer term.

Fill out the survey and share your ideas to help us make streets for people during COVID-19 recovery.

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  • Updated Interim Design: Room to Move- Beach Avenue

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    04 Dec 2020

    We are making interim safety and design upgrades to Beach Avenue

    Starting December 2020, we will begin work on new features along Beach Avenue to improve access for people walking, taking transit and driving while maintaining the two-way protected bike path and increased walking space.

    These interim changes are based on public feedback from more than 2,500 residents gathered in a fall survey. A summary of the survey results can be found at here.

    The upgrades include:

    • Improved pedestrian crossings at key locations
    • Eastbound travel restored for vehicles and transit between Denman St and Jervis St. following completion of other project elements
    • Replacing traffic cones with sturdier and harder-to-move concrete barriers
    • Working with the Park Board to provide accessible parking in the waterfront parking lot near Bute St
    • Retention of the two-way protected bike path

    Construction

    • Due to wet weather, some of the work requiring dry weather (painting zebra crossings) will be phased.
    • Construction crews will work as quickly as possible to minimize local impacts, but changes like restoring eastbound motor vehicle and transit access (between Denman St and Jervis St) may be delayed as they rely on other project elements to be in place before they can be implemented.

    Staff will continue to monitor and adjust the interim design. Additional opportunities to share feedback about the longer-term vision for these spaces and whether to make these changes permanent will be available through the West End Waterfront Master Plan engagement and design process that will start in 2021.

    Please email roomtomove@vancouver.ca with any questions or comments.


  • Room to Move- Beach Avenue

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    24 Sep 2020

    To help residents physically distance and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to our communities, in April 2020 we created additional space on Beach Avenue (Park Lane to Hornby St) for exercising and outdoor enjoyment.

    Given the significant number of users and the recent increases in active COVID-19 cases in Vancouver, staff are exploring modifications to Beach Ave to reduce the maintenance effort and improve access by walking, cycling, and transit.

    Your additional feedback about the current configuration will help us refine the design and make improvements that help you keep a physical distance while moving around the West End.

    We are receiving feedback from September 24 to October 12, 2020.

    Please share your thoughts in this short survey.

  • Slow Streets

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    17 Aug 2020

    To help residents physically distance and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to our communities, we are re-shaping how we use our streets and public spaces.

    We’ve designated about 40 km of Vancouver’s roads for Slow Streets to give people more room to move. With Slow Streets open to local traffic only, they’re a great place to get some exercise or enjoy the fresh air while staying two metres apart.

    Have you been using the new slow streets? To you live or work close to one? How can we improve Slow Streets? Take the Slow Streets survey to provide more detailed feedback.

  • Pop-up plazas

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    17 Aug 2020

    Temporary pop-up plazas are one of the steps we're taking to help residents and businesses adapt to living and operating through a pandemic.

    They give people space to eat, visit, rest, or enjoy the weather while maintaining a safe distance from each other.

    We want your feedback on pop-up plazas throughout the city. Your input will help to ensure these spaces are properly maintained, inclusive, comfortable, and serving the community.

    Please take a moment to fill out a survey.