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Commercial Drive Complete Street

Increasing the safety and comfort for people who walk, bike, take transit and drive

The Commercial Drive Complete Street project aims to increase the safety and comfort for people who walk, bike, take transit, and drive.

Commercial Drive is the heart of the Grandview-Woodland community and a popular destination for local residents and visitors to stroll and enjoy the rich variety of independent shops and services.

Creating a complete street for people of all ages and abilities along Commercial Drive is a goal of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

What's happening?

We are conducting door-to-door outreach to Commercial Drive businesses to share our recent findings and present information on opportunities to improve loading and parking.

Over the summer we will host pop-up events on public spaces and placemaking with VIVA Vancouver.

What we heard

We are still in a listen and learn phase. Read about what we heard during fall 2016 consultation events. 

Walking and public space

Walking and public space

Commercial Drive is a dynamic commercial high street that attracts people who walk to local shops and services or leisurely stroll to enjoy the street life. 

What we heard

We heard you want:

  • Clearer sidewalk paths by reducing clutter
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Safer crosswalks and intersection crossings
  • More seating and gathering areas  

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Cycling

Cycling

The Commercial Drive neighbourhood of Grandview-Woodland has the highest bike ridership in the city. 

What we heard

We heard you want:

  • Protected bike lanes
  • Safer cycling infrastructure on Commercial Drive
  • More bike parking
  • Reduced sidewalk cycling
  • A bike lane on Victoria Drive
  • No bike lane on Commercial Drive

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Transit

Transit

Commercial Drive is major transit corridor. Commercial-Broadway Station is the busiest station on the network with 90,000 station trips per day and 60,000 bus trips using the 99 B-Line, the #20 and #9 frequent transit bus routes.  

What we heard 

We heard you want:

  • Improved transit stops and more shelters
  • More bus stop benches
  • More reliable service on the #20 bus route
  • Less bus stops on Commercial Drive
  • Public washrooms at the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station 

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Parking

Parking

Commercial Drive is a local and regional destination, and people driving have access to both on-street and off-street parking. 

What we heard

We heard you want:

  • On-street parking maintained
  • Wayfinding signage to off-street parking improved
  • More parking options

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Loading and lanes

Loading and lanes

Commercial Drive has a mix of three types of loading zones – commercial, loading, and passenger. 

In September 2016, the City conducted a Business and Goods Movement Survey to better understand the commercial loading, delivery, parking, and access needs of local businesses. 

What we heard

Loading zones are heavily used and are reported as inaccessible by some businesses. Loading and deliveries often occur on-street in metered parking spaces.

There is a diverse range of businesses, “mom and pop” shops, which have different commercial loading and delivery access needs.

We heard you want:

  • Improved access for loading and deliveries
  • Lanes assessed as not all businesses have rear or side access
  • Passenger loading zones near medical or professional services

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Consultation process and documents

Read about our consultation process to upgrade Commercial Drive and view open house displays.

What's a complete street?

We're taking everything into account to create a complete street:

  1. Providing direct and convenient access to shops and services for people of all ages and abilities using all modes of transportation.
  2. Improving safety and comfort for people travelling by all modes of transportation, with a focus on walking, cycling, and transit.
  3. Ensuring loading, delivery, and access works well for local businesses to help them continue to thrive.
  4. Making it easy for people access to shops and services, and participate in public life through accessible design.
  5. Considering flexible design approaches to facilitate special events.
  6. Exploring opportunities to integrate sustainable rainwater management techniques.

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones to create and deliver these safety upgrades.

  • Summer 2016

    Grandview-Woodland Community Plan adopted by Council

  • October 2016

    Phase 1: Listen and Learn

    What we did: Launched public consultation process, identified ideas and opportunities for transportation improvements, and refined the complete street design principles based on feedback.

    Who we consulted: Residents, local businesses, Grandview-Woodland Transportation and Neighbourhood Parking Stakeholder Advisory Group (Grandview-Woodland SAG), and civic advisory committees.

    What we created: Confirm Complete Street principles and proposed draft design concepts informed by community input, stakeholder input, technical analysis, and City policy priorities.

  • We are here
  • Spring and
    summer 2017

    What we'll do: Continue to address access loading, parking, and transit needs in the area, continue sharing our loading and parking analyses, and understanding the needs of each business. We’ll host pop-up engagement activities focused on walking, public spaces, and placemaking.

    Who we'll consult with: Residents, local businesses, Grandview-Woodland Transportation and Neighbourhood Parking Stakeholder Advisory Group (Grandview-Woodland SAG), and civic advisory committees.

    What we'll do with the feedback: Gather a more complete picture of the commercial loading and transit requirements on The Drive. Public engagement is ongoing and feedback will be incorporated into design concepts.

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Consultation process and documents