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10th Avenue Corridor Project

A top priority of Transportation 2040 is to upgrade the 10th Avenue Corridor to be more safe, convenient, comfortable, and fun for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle.

The 10th Avenue local-street bikeway runs from Victoria Drive to Trafalgar Street, linking many key destinations like Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and Commercial Drive, plus several busy north-south cycling routes.

Over 500,000 people cycle on 10th Avenue every year, making it one of the busiest east-west bikeways in the city.

Project goals

As part of this project, we're proposing to:

  • Improve comfort and accessibility for people walking and cycling, especially in busier sections around VGH
  • Address safety concerns for all road users, especially at key intersections
  • Accommodate the loading and access needs of adjacent businesses and institutions
  • Help drivers who may not be accustomed to high bicycle volumes get to their destinations along 10th Avenue safely and comfortably

This project will be developed and implemented between 2015 and 2017.

What's coming up

Final recommended designs will be presented to Council Advisory Committees and Council at the meeting on May 16.

Learn about key issues

Speak or write to Council about your thoughts on the recommendations.

Consultation process and documents

Read about our consultation process to upgrade the 10th Avenue Corridor and view open house displays.

Priority areas for the upgrade

The recommended design responds to challenges in these priority areas:

  1. Oak Street to Cambie Street (the Health Precinct)
  2. Quebec Street to Guelph Street
  3. Commercial Drive to Victoria Drive

Learn about the challenges of each priority area: click or tap on the numbered areas on the map.

Health Precinct (Oak St to Cambie St)

10th Ave between Oak St and Cambie serves as a critical access point for Vancouver General Hospital and other health institutions, including emergency room access.

It is also a busy walking street and the second busiest local street bikeway in the city. Over recent years, the experience for all users of 10th Ave has declined as the street has gotten busier with more people walking, cycling, and driving in the area.

The focus of the work in Health Precinct is on patients, including safety for vulnerable pedestrians who may have one or more disabilities, access for people with mobility or vision issues, and ensuring ER access is improved.  

Learn about key issues in the Health Precinct

Quebec St to Guelph St

We presented the proposed designs for improvements between Quebec St and Guelph St in November 2016. We received comments by businesses and residents in the neighbourhood. 

Based on feedback, we made refinements to the design, mostly between Kingsway and Guelph.

The recommended design will be presented to the public in late spring for further comment. 

Learn about Quebec St to Geulph St 

Commercial Dr to Victoria Dr

We presented the proposed designs for interim improvements between Commercial Dr and Victoria Dr in November 2016.

We received comments by businesses and residents in the neighbourhood, and based on feedback, minor refinements are being made to the interim design.

Learn about Commercial Dr to Victoria Dr

Other segments of 10th Avenue Corridor

Improvements to other segments of the 10th Ave Corridor will be considered under the City’s Cycling Spot Improvement Program.

Residents and businesses will be invited to provide feedback in localized spot improvements, which is planned to begin after 2019. 

Related projects

10th Ave at Burrard St

We are making changes to 10th Ave at Burrard Street related to infrastructure improvements on Burrard Street Corridor.

10th Ave at Arbutus Greenway 

We are improving Arbutus Greenway where it crosses 10th Ave which is identified through the Arbutus Greenway process. 

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Summer
    2015

    Phase 1: Ideas and information

    • What we did: Collected feedback at open houses and stakeholder meetings to help identify challenges and opportunities
  • Fall 2015 to
    fall 2016

    Phase 2: Design Options

    • What we did: Launched the public consultation process, identied ideas, interests, and opportunities in the planning area, and prepared emerging area plan directions
  • Fall 2016

    Phase 3: Recommendations

    • What we did: Refined design based on Phase 2 feedback
  •  

    • What we'll do: Present recommended designs at open houses and stakeholder meetings
  • We are here
  • Early 2017

    Council presentation

    • What we'll do: Present final recommended design to Council
  • Fall and
    winter 2017

    Construction

    • What we'll do: If Council approves the design, we'll begin construction on the new corridor

How this project links to Transportation 2040

Improving the 10th Avenue Corridor was approved in principle as part of the Transportation 2040 plan that Council adopted in 2012.

Completing this project will help us towards these Transportation 2040 directions: 

  1. Increase green transportation so that at least two-thirds of all trips on foot, bike, or transit by 2040
  2. Make walking and cycling safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities
  3. Manage the road network efficiently for all road users

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Contact the project team

10thAvenue@vancouver.ca

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