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Sidewalk fixtures and amenities

Benches and other sidewalk fixtures add convenience for everyone.

Street fixtures and amenities are furnishings that just seem to fit in on our City streets and sidewalks. These fixtures provide a function, like seating, waste management, and storage.

Our street fixtures help keep Vancouver tidier, and add convenience for everyone.

The City of Vancouver installs benches on sidewalks, mainly at bus stops.

Benches

Contact 3-1-1 to suggest a location for a new bench, or to request maintenance on a bench on public sidewalks. Priority for new bench requests is given to busy pedestrian areas.

You can also have park benches dedicated in someone's memory through the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

A bike rack permit allows you to have a bike rack installed in front of your business.

Bike racks

Call 3-1-1 to suggest bike rack locations in the city, or to get a free bike rack permit and purchase a bike rack to install in front of your business. 

You can also have park bike racks dedicated in someone's memory through the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

The City of Vancouver empties litter cans daily.

Litter cans

The City installs garbage cans that coordinate with diverse streetscapes, and suit the needs of neighbourhoods. Our program is designed to:

  • Place litter cans at high-traffic bus stops
  • Employ innovative technologies, such as solar-powered compacting cans used in high-traffic areas 

Contact 3-1-1 to suggest areas where new city garbage cans can be installed, or to report a garbage can that needs immediate clean up.

Multiple publication newsracks are available for high-traffic locations.

Newspaper boxes

Newspaper boxes provide a useful service to pedestrians. Contact 3-1-1 for more information about free-standing newsboxes, or multiple publication newsracks like the one in the photo.

Banners can be used to help promote business areas, neighbourhoods, and events.

Banners and flags

Local business associations, non-profit groups, charitable organizations, and special events organizations can install banners and flags on City streets. Visit the Doing Business section of the website to find out more, and download the application package.

Automated public toilets like this one at Main and Terminal, are free to use.

Automated public toilets

The City has installed eight automated public toilets in the downtown area. They are automatically cleaned and sanitized after each use, and are available to the public 24 hours a day for free.

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A sign for Robson Street 

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Did you know

The City of Vancouver issues contracts to suppliers who provide environmentally friendly street fixtures, or share the cost of installing and maintaining them.

For example:

  • CBS/JCDecaux supplies and maintains street furniture in Vancouver in exchange for the rights to the transit shelter advertising program 
  • Big Belly Solar provides solar powered trash compactors that reduce collection needs, and associated carbon emissions

Last modified: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:55:50

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