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Seaside Greenway Completion and York Bikeway

We are working to improve walking and cycling routes between Jericho Beach Park and Burrard Bridge and to complete the Seaside Greenway to create safe and comfortable connections. Once complete, residents and visitors from all over will be able to enjoy a safe and comfortable 28km walking and cycling route that begins at the Vancouver Convention Centre and ends at Spanish Banks Park.

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Construction

We are making public realm improvements and widening the sidewalk for the final phase of the Seaside Greenway along Point Grey Road.

Phase 2 – Now underway

Upgrades to complete the final stretch of the Seaside Greenway are now underway. In this phase, we will improve walking conditions, enhance the public realm, expand green space, and improve connections to waterfront parks along Point Grey Road.  We will also coordinate construction with sewer and water main upgrades. 
This work will complete a critical 2km gap in the Seaside Greenway, while improving safety by reducing potential conflicts between people exiting their driveways and people walking along the Seaside Greenway.  

What to expect:

  • North sidewalks will be widened to 3 meters, with at least 1.2 meters on the back boulevard (space between the sidewalk and the residences) and a 1.4-2.7 meter boulevard. between the sidewalk and street. Boulevards will provide for improved sight lines between people walking and driving. 
  • North sidewalks will be made flat (without driveway letdowns) to improve  accessibility for people with physical constraints.
  • Three intersections will receive raised crosswalks to provide accessible crossings. 
  • South sidewalk will remain unchanged.
  • Any trees removed to accommodate construction will be replaced. Additional trees will be planted at the end of the project to enhance greenspace and move the City closer to its urban forest strategy targets.
  • Parking will be maintained on the south side of Point Grey Road.
  • Point Grey Road will be adjusted to be a consistent width from Tatlow Park to Alma Street.
  • No separated bike lanes will be added, bikes will ride in the road as on other residential bike routes.

 

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PointGrey.Cornwall@vancouver.ca

Point Grey Road sidewalk and public realm improvements

Council approves the completion of the Seaside Greenway

May 4, 2016 - Vancouver City Council approved public realm improvements to the Seaside Greenway between Alma and Macdonald Streets to improve safety and comfort for people walking and expand public green space. The project includes widening of the sidewalk, new or improved treed boulevards, and public realm improvements.

Staff to recommend final design at May 4 Council meeting

April 28, 2016 - The manager of transportation planning will present the final design recommendation for Point Grey Road improvements to Council at the 9:30am Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on May 4, 2016.

February 29, 2016 - We have refined the public realm and sidewalk design along Point Grey Road between Alma Street and Tatlow Park, and refinements to the cul-de-sacs between Blenheim and Trutch Streets. The newsletter and boards below contain information about the final recommended public realm and sidewalk improvements on the north side of Point Grey Road. We invite you to view the newsletter and board below which detail the recommendations:

Please submit your comments to pointgrey.cornwall@vancouver.ca by March 13, 2016.

Newsletter: Neighbourhood traffic plan

December 10, 2015 – In June 2015, we presented three neighbourhood traffic plan options for the neighbourhood north of West 4th Avenue, and two public realm and sidewalk options along Point Grey Road. The newsletter below contains information about the final recommended neighbourhood traffic plan and planned improvements to the traffic signals on West 4th Avenue between Macdonald Street and Bayswater Street.

Infographic: People cycling on the Seaside Greenway

August 7, 2015 – Hundreds of thousands of people cycle on the Seaside Greenway each year.

Questionnaire: What do you think about the wider sidewalk and traffic plan designs?

July 6, 2015 – Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire. We're now analyzing the feedback we received.

June 18, 2015 – Can't make it to the open houses? Share your thoughts in our online questionnaire. The questionnaire closes on July 4.

June 18 and 20 open houses: Learn about the wider sidewalk and traffic plan designs

June 8, 2015 – We're working to improve the walking connection between Macdonald St and Alma St, and to finalize a neighbourhood traffic management plan for the local area south of Point Grey Road.

In addition to continuing to collect and analyze information, we are seeking your input on wider sidewalk designs on the north side of Point Grey Road, and on traffic plan options.

Drop by an open house to discuss the designs with our project team, give your feedback, and ask us questions. Come by anytime during the event.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Bayview Elementary School Gym, 2251 Collingwood Street

Date: Saturday, June 20, 12:00 noon – 6:00pm
Location: Point Grey Road (between Blenheim Street and Trutch Street). In the event of rain, this will take place at Bayview Elementary School. For day-of updates, visit facebook.com/bikevancouver .

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

For more detailed information:

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

Public engagement

June 2015 open house information displays

  • Welcome, key to boards, and introduction (3 MB)
    • Backgound
    • Background continued
    • Phase 2 work
    • Project timeline
    • Next steps
  • Improved walking (25 MB)
    • Improved walking
    • Limits of work
    • Alma to Waterloo - sections
    • Alma to Waterloo - Plans
    • Waterloo to Balaclava - sections
    • Waterloo to Balaclava - plans
    • Balaclava to Tatlow Park - sections
    • Balaclava to Tatlow Park - plans
  • Neighbourhood traffic (5 MB)
    • Proposed cul-de-sacs
    • Neighbourhood traffic
    • Approved measures and alternative option A
    • Alternative options B and C
    • West 4th Avenue signal options

May 2013 open house information displays

January 2013 open house information displays

Consultation summary reports

Newsletters and notification letters

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).

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

January 2014

On January 18, 2014 work began 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 walking and cycling.

Spring 2014

Construction on the first phase of the Seaside Greenway and York Bikeway project is now complete.

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.

Construction