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Seaside Greenway Completion and York Bikeway

Point Grey Road - Cornwall Avenue Corridor

The Seaside Greenway and York Bikeway will provide pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities with a safe, convenient, and comfortable connection between Burrard Bridge and Jericho Beach.

This project supports the City in achieving its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and Transportation 2040 goals of increasing the number of trips made by foot, bike, and transit.

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Recent developments with this project

York Avenue construction update

March 2014 – Construction on York Avenue between Chestnut and Yew streets started on March 10. The majority of work will happen during spring break, to lessen impacts on Henry Hudson Elementary students, parents, and school operations.

4th Avenue traffic signal timing improved

March 2014 – Staff recently made changes to several signals on West 4th Avenue between Bayswater and Alma streets to make it easier for drivers turning left onto 4th Avenue.

Additional on-street parking on Point Grey Road

March 2014 – More on-street parking spaces were added next to Margaret Pigott Park and the park at Trafalgar Street. The parking spaces are located within the street right of way to preserve and not on park land. These changes are in response to requests staff received from the residents, Seniors Advisory Committee, and Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee for additional parking in the neighbourhood and next to parks.

Construction begins at York Avenue and Yew Street intersection

February 2014 – Roadwork at the intersection of York Avenue and Yew Street begins Monday, February 24 and will take approximately four weeks to complete. During construction, expect:

  • Temporary detours along York or Yew Streets (access to businesses will be available via York or Yew at all times)
  • Temporary parking restrictions to facilitate construction and allow traffic to travel through the area

Point Grey Road conversion to a local street between Macdonald and Alma

Winter 2014 – Starting January 18, 2014, crews will close Point Grey Road at Macdonald Street to through traffic for vehicles. Westbound traffic will be directed south on Macdonald Street. Point Grey Road will become a local street, as part of the plan to complete the Seaside Greenway.

Construction begins 

Fall 2013 – Roadwork is progressing on Point Grey Road west of Alma Street, and nearing completion at these intersections:

  • Macdonald Street and West 4th Avenue
  • Macdonald Street and West 3rd Avenue
  • Bayswater Street and West 3rd Avenue

Council approves the completion of the Seaside Greenway

July 29, 2013 – Vancouver City Council approved the completion of the 28 km Seaside Greenway between Jericho Beach Park and Trafalgar Street, including making Point Grey Road west of Macdonald Street a local street. Council also approved the new York Bikeway from Stephens Street to Seaforth Park.

Council approves recommended improvements to Burrard Street Bridge

July 24, 2013 – Council approved recommended improvements to the south end of the Burrard Bridge that will:

  • Address a cycling collision hotspot by reducing speed and volumes between Burrard and Cypress Streets
  • Help transfer traffic volumes to nearby existing routes and reduce volumes along Cornwall Avenue and  Point Grey Road where walking and cycling volumes are expected to increase
  • Decrease the travel time for pedestrians and cyclists through the intersection by reducing the maximum number of crossings
  • Reduce the footprint of the intersection and provide additional land that could be used for other City initiatives

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Staff to recommend final design at July 23 Council meeting

July 17, 2013 – The Director of Transportation will present the final design for Phase 1 of the Point Grey Cornwall Active Transportation Corridor to Council at the 9:30am Regular Council Meeting on July 23, 2013.

Council will hear from speakers and decide on the design at the 2:00pm City Finance and Services Committee Meeting, later the same day.

Open houses and questionnaire: What do you think of the design proposals?

May 23, 2013 – Can't make it an open house on May 23, 25, or 27? Take our questionnaire instead. We will use your feedback to refine the design before we present our recommendation and implementation plan to Council later this summer.

The questionnaire closed on June 10, 2013. Thank you for your interest.

April 26, 2013 – Drop-in to one of the following open houses to view design proposals for the corridor. City staff will be available during the times listed to discuss the project, answer questions and gather input.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Staff presentation: 7:45pm
Location: Henry Hudson Elementary School (Gym), 1551 Cypress Street

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Staff presentation: 10:45am and 12:45pm
Location: Bayview Elementary School (Gym), 2251 Collingwood Street

Date: Monday, May 27, 2013, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Staff presentation: 4:45pm
Location: Kitsilano Public Library (Basement), 2425 Macdonald Street

Get the summary from our first phase of consultation

April 15, 2013 – Report release summarizing the first phase of consultation between January 2 - February 28, 2013. It includes the project context and goals, consultation methods, consultation summary and next steps.

February 13-18, 2013 – Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts in our online survey. A summary of your feedback will be posted online shortly.

Attend an open house during our phase 1 consultation

December 2012 – City staff are collecting and analyzing transportation data and identifying routing options. Background information and concepts will be presented at the following open houses.

Date: February 2, 2013, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Kitsilano Community Centre (Snowy's Lounge), 2690 Larch Street

Date: January 31, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Queen Mary Elementary School (Gym), 2000 Trimble Street

Date: January 29, 2013, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum (TK Gallery), 1905 Ogden Avenue

Letters to residents and business owners

Reports and documents

Council reports

Recommended design and images

ICBC documents

For crashes at specific locations or corridors outlined on our crash maps, ICBC typically excludes crashes involving parked vehicles or those which occurred in parking lots. This is because ICBC cannot systematically separate crashes that occurred in or at a residence, parking lot, or those that involved vehicles attempting to parallel park on the road, from those that occurred on the road. Consequently, this excludes crashes between bicycles and parked car doors as well as between bicycles and vehicles in the process of parking.

If we do include crashes that involved parked vehicles or those occurring in parking lots, we can confirm that there were five incidents involving cyclists  on Point Grey Road (from Trafalgar St to Jericho Park) between 2008-2012, and 46 incidents involving cyclists on Cornwall Avenue (from Burrard St to Trafalgar St) from 2008-2012. In total, 33 of these 51 incidents are included in ICBC’s online crash maps.

These numbers do not include incidents where the cyclist did not make a claim with ICBC, hit and run incidents, and those caused by a vehicle avoiding a cyclist (where there was no actual contact with the cyclist or bicycle).

Public engagement

Phase 2 display boards from May 2013 open houses

Phase 1 display boards from January 2013 open houses

Consultation summary reports

Maps

Reference documents

Project overview and process

January to March 2013

City staff held three public open houses in late January and early February 2013, and carried out further analysis to develop plans for the Point Grey Road - Cornwall Avenue active transportation corridor.

April 2013

Staff developed feasible design options and trade-offs for each option, using the following:

  • Existing policy context
  • Project goals
  • Data analysis
  • Technical transportation considerations
  • Input from the first phase of public consultation

Staff reviewed how to manage any potential impacts to local residents and businesses. 

May 2013

Staff held three public open houses in late May to present design options, trade-offs, and impacts, and gather feedback.

Between May and July, staff met with residents, businesses, and other stakeholders to discuss the design proposals and gather more feedback.

July 2013

Staff reported to City Council with a recommended final design and cost estimate based on what was heard through both phases of public consultation, data analysis, and technical transportation review. Council approved the Seaside Greenway Completion and York Bikeway Project on July 29, 2013.

October 2013

Construction has started on the Seaside Greenway Completion and York Bikeway Project, with work happening at 4th Avenue/Macdonald, 3rd Avenue/Macdonald, and 3rd Avenue and Bayswater.

January 2014

On January 18, 2014 work will begin on Point Grey Road to convert it to a local street by closing it at Macdonald to vehicular through-traffic and building the greenway between Trafalgar and Macdonald to make it more suitable for pedestrian and cyclist use.

Work leading up to this project

The City has reviewed the following plans and will take them into consideration when developing a plan for the Point Grey Road - Cornwall Avenue Corridor.

  • Transportation 2040 Plan (2012)
    Supports a network of walking and cycling routes that feel safe, convenient, comfortable and fun for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Transportation Plan (1997)
    Walking and cycling is identified as the City’s two highest transportation priorities.

  • Vancouver Greenways Plan (1995)
    The Seaside Greenway is identified as incomplete. There is a gap between Kitsilano Beach Park and Jericho Beach Park.

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Burrard Street Bridge south end improvements

Construction scheduled for Burrard and Cornwall to improve safety for all users.

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City construction on the Seaside Greenway Completion and York Bikeway Project along Point Grey Road, West 3rd Ave, and West 4th Avenue.

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