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Council approves safety improvements to streets in the 10th Avenue Health Precinct

May 18 2017

“We are extremely grateful for all those who participated in the process and particularly Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC Cancer Agency."

People cycling on the 10th Avenue Corridor through China Creek Park

City Council today approved changes to the 10th Avenue Corridor through the Health Precinct that will lead to increased safety, with a focus on patients.

The changes will also improve access to institutions for people with disabilities, providing accessible parking and passenger loading close to key buildings along 10th Avenue. 

“Our priorities on this corridor are patient safety and access, along with critical hospital functions,” says Lon LaClaire, the City of Vancouver’s Director of Transportation. “We are extremely grateful for all those who participated in the process and particularly Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC Cancer Agency. Partnering with the health agencies allowed us to explore a much broader set of possibilities to improve the street for the most vulnerable patients and pedestrians.” 

Key safety changes

Key safety changes to the area will include:

  • Enhanced pick-up and drop-off areas for patients
  • Raised crosswalks and intersections
  • Measures to separate road users
  • Enhanced lighting
  • Increase in accessible parking close to the buildings that need it most

In addition to changes along 10th Avenue, the City has committed to adding or improving nearby bike routes on 14th and 7th Avenues to provide attractive alternatives for people biking who aren’t destined for the Health Precinct.  

Phase 1

Work to build the first phase of these improvements will begin as early as this fall.

Improvements will start with the most pressing safety needs, including gateway treatments at either end of the health precinct to strongly message to all road users that the hospital precinct is a unique place and extra care is needed.  

Tenth Avenue in the Health Precinct is a busy area with many people accessing health services, parking, walking, and cycling. Of those cycling in the area, 60% are destined to, or near, the Health Precinct.

In light of increasing volumes for all modes along 10th Avenue, and with a goal of improving safety and comfort for all road users, the City began engaging the public on improvements that could be made along this corridor in 2015. 

Learn more about the 10th Avenue Corridor project and consultation process.