Adanac Bikeway

Adanac Bikeway

The Adanac Bikeway extends from downtown Vancouver to Boundary Road and connects to Burnaby’s Francis Union Bikeway.

It is currently one of the busiest bikeways in the city, and is a crucial connection in the overall cycling network.

Project goals

  • Encourage people of all ages and abilities to get around their city by walking and cycling in a comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable way. 
  • Address safety concerns at the intersection of Main Street and Union Street. 
  • Improve walking route along Union Street between Quebec Street and Main Street.
  • Reduce vehicles volumes along the Adanac Bikeway east of Gore Avenue through traffic calming at the intersection of Union Street and Gore Avenue.
  • Discuss options to improve the bike parking demand by introducing more bike parking facilities east of Gore Avenue. 

Related projects

Recent developments with this project

Project completed

Fall 2013 – Construction is now finished.

Construction notification letter mailed to residents

July 11, 2013 – Bikeway construction is expected to start the week of July 22, 2013 and finish by September 2013.

Council approves some bikeway enhancements on Union Street

July 3, 2013 – We mailed a bilingual notification letter to local stakeholders to inform them of the approved enhancements and next steps.

June 12, 2013 – City Council approved the following bikeway enhancements:

  • A westbound separated bike lane on the 200 block of Union Street with turn restrictions at the laneway between Main Street and Gore Avenue
  • A full vehicle closure of Union Street west of Main Street
  • Separated bike lanes on Union/Expo Boulevard from Main Street to Carrall Street and on Quebec Street from Union Street to Pacific Avenue
  • The loss of 20 parking spaces on 200 Union (39 existing) and the addition of approximately 50 parking spaces on Main Street

We expect to start construction of these enhancements in mid-July 2013.

City Council directed staff to postpone consideration of the eastbound barrier at Gore Avenue and Union Street pending further consultation.

Tell us what do you think about this project

If you are unable to attend one of our May information sessions, you can still let us know what you think about our plans for the Adanac Bikeway. Review the plans in the "Documents" tab, and then take a brief questionnaire to give us your thoughts.

  • The questionnaire closed on May 21, 2013. Thank you for your interest.

Information sessions

Come to a drop-in information session and learn more about the project. City staff will be on site to discuss the design, and answer questions. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013
UBC Learning Exchange
612 Main Street

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
221A Gallery
100-221 East Georgia Street

Reports and documents

Public consultations

Learn about the public consultation progress and feedback collected between April 11 and June 7, 2013:

Bikeway designs

Council reports

Council meeting agenda, minutes, and video

Stakeholder notification letters

Information session display boards

Background documents



Project overview and process

August 2012 – April 2013

City staff collected data; reviewed the road network; met with Vancouver Fire and Rescue, BC Hydro, Translink, BC Trucking Association, and businesses along the route; and developed a design that fits within the City policy context and project goals, while balancing technical and financial considerations.

May 2013

Staff presented the design to the public in a series of information sessions to discuss the project in greater detail and answer any questions. Staff also continued to meet with stakeholders and businesses to present and discuss the design.

May – June 2013

Using all of the information collected (data, policy, public feedback, technical and financial considerations), staff further refined the design before presenting it to Council. Given the uncertainty of the viaducts, staff recommended constructing the upgrades using temporary materials to minimize project costs.

June 2013

City staff reported to Council with a recommended design along with the process and funding necessary to proceed with construction. Council heard from the public before deciding how the project would proceed.

July 2013

Staff met with stakeholders and businesses to develop an inclusive consultation process to discuss the potential transportation changes on Union Street from Main Street to Princess Avenue. The City considered traffic calming measures to restrict the number of cars and trucks on Union Street.

Staff reported back to Council with an update on consultation efforts.

July 2013 – September 2013

City crews built the bikeway enhancements approved by Council.

Work leading up to the project

Cycling has been considered a transportation priority in Vancouver for more than 25 years. Related projects include:

  • Greenest City 2020 Action Plan – Sets out broad long-term vision as well as 10 specific goals to achieve by 2020, and makes walking, cycling and/or transit the preferred modes of transportation
  • Transportation 2040 Plan – Aims to make cycling safe, convenient, comfortable and fun for people of all ages and abilities. Some of the goals of the 2040 Transportation Plan include:
    • 2/3 of all trips will be made by walking, cycling and transit by 2040
    • Zero traffic-related fatalities 
    • Improvements along the Adanac Bikeway are specifically identified as a short-term priority
  • Vancouver Comprehensive Bicycle Plan, 1988 – Analyzes local cycling data and needs, and explores the four fundamentals of cycling: engineering, education, enforcement and encouragement
  • Bicycle Network Study, 1992 — Identifies local street bikeways and four priority cycling corridors including the Adanac/Union Corridor. The Adanac Bikeway is approved by Council and constructed in 1993 as the first bikeway in the City

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Contact the project manager

Ross Kenny