Smithe Street upgrades

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An aerial view of Smithe Street showing motor vehicles and a cyclist approaching Burrard Street.

We're planning to improve active transportation along Smithe Street (Richards Street to Thurlow Street).

The proposed upgrades will:

  1. Close major gaps in the existing bike network by providing an east-west connection between the West End and Cambie Bridge.
  2. Create safer intersections for everybody through protected intersections.
  3. Be delivered using a quick-build approach to minimize impacts.
  4. Maintain sufficient vehicle capacity for pre-COVID volumes.



Engagement Feedback

  • In spring 2021, we engaged with stakeholders and public to gather feedback on a proposed design for Smithe Street upgrades.
  • Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. We have refined the design based on what we heard to improve safety and comfort for all road users.
  • View the detailed stakeholder and public engagement summary.

We're planning to improve active transportation along Smithe Street (Richards Street to Thurlow Street).

The proposed upgrades will:

  1. Close major gaps in the existing bike network by providing an east-west connection between the West End and Cambie Bridge.
  2. Create safer intersections for everybody through protected intersections.
  3. Be delivered using a quick-build approach to minimize impacts.
  4. Maintain sufficient vehicle capacity for pre-COVID volumes.



Engagement Feedback

  • In spring 2021, we engaged with stakeholders and public to gather feedback on a proposed design for Smithe Street upgrades.
  • Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. We have refined the design based on what we heard to improve safety and comfort for all road users.
  • View the detailed stakeholder and public engagement summary.
  • Project launch

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    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Council’s ‘Reallocation of Road Space to Support Shared Use During Pandemic’ Motion in May 2020, staff have been re-shaping how we use our streets and public spaces to help residents physically distance and provide opportunities to exercise and travel more comfortably. Some of the key projects include Beach Avenue Room-to-Move, a 40km network of Slow Streets, hundreds of new patio spaces, and dozens of plazas and social service parklets.

    As we’ve seen more people cycling and walking in Vancouver with the continuation of the pandemic, staff have identified another project that can be delivered quickly to provide more space for travel, both during the pandemic and the recovery.

    Smithe Street Upgrades

    By upgrading active transportation on Smithe Street (Richards Street to Thurlow Street) using a low-cost approach, we will fill a key gap in the downtown cycling network. Recognizing that many people may still not want to take transit in the COVID recovery phase, the project will provide a direct comfortable east-west cycling route between the West End and the Cambie Bridge.

    We’d like to hear your feedback about the proposed design.

    You can share your feedback through our online survey by June 7th, 2021. You can also reach out to our project inbox at: smithestreetupgrades@vancouver.ca

    Your input will help us refine the final design and inform implementation.