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Streets and sidewalks that create vibrant communities

Streets in Vancouver

The City designs, constructs, and maintains our streets, sidewalks, bridges, and structures for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

Our surveyors, drafters, designers, project coordinators, and engineers work together to balance the needs of all street users, and design accessible streets and sidewalks. By doing this, we help to create a vibrant community experience on our streets.

Great streets require:

  • Visual and environmental enhancements, like street trees and boulevard gardens
  • Inclusive elements that provide accessibility to everyone: those with mobility issues, walkers, cyclists, businesses moving goods, and drivers
  • High quality solutions that last, from paving materials, to street fixtures and amenities

Our street maintenance and design pays specific attention to minimizing environmental impacts, such as reducing stormwater runoff, and accommodating sustainable modes of transportation.

Sustainable streets


Greenways for walking and cycling

We design and build safe, nature-rich paths that encourage you to explore Vancouver without using your car through the Greenways program.

Green Streets and Greenways in Vancouver

Outdoor community spaces

Learn about City initiatives that not only help to reduce our carbon footprint, but also allow residents and visitors to get around the city without using their cars.

Use of City streets and sidewalks

Viva Vancouver on Robson St

Street and sidewalk use for business and activities

The sidewalks in the central business districts of Vancouver are wider by design. The extra width provides ample walking space, and encourages local business and entertainment activity. Find out about activities allowed on City sidewalks.

Benches and other sidewalk fixtures add convenience for everyone.

Sidewalk fixtures and amenities

How to request the City of Vancouver install benches, bike racks, city garbage cans, newspaper boxes, banners and flags, and automated public toilets.

Streets and sidewalks in your neighbourhood

The City and property owners share the cost of many types of local improvements.

Cost-shared improvements

Find out about the City's program for local improvements of City streets and sidewalks.

Potholes Vancouver repair

Pothole repair

Keeping our roads in good and safe condition is our priority. Learn how to report potholes in City street and how we assess potholes for repair.

Traffic circles are used to reduce vehicle speed, and collisions.

Traffic calming and safety

Find out how the City of Vancouver uses traffic calming measures to keep the roads safe, and learn tips for safe driving.

City of Vancouver residential parking permits give residents priority in high-demand areas.

Residential parking permits

Vehicles parked in residential parking zones must have a valid parking permit. Learn how to get one.

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Online services

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Changing how we commute

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