Walking and pedestrians

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Pedestrians are the City's top priority. Making all streets more accessible, safe and enjoyable for walking is an important part of our effort to become the Greenest City in the world by 2020.

We support walking by designing and maintaining streets to meet pedestrians’ needs for commuting, recreation, and other activities.

Benefits of walking

Improve your health

By walking 30 minutes per day, you can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and depression.

Save money

Walking is free. Driving a car means spending money on gas, insurance, and maintenance.

Connect with others

Walking builds a sense of place, and increases the chances to interact with other members of your community, which can be difficult when driving a car or riding a bike.

Help the environment

You produce no greenhouse gases when walking, and pedestrian space is an efficient use of limited land space.

Whether you are going to work, taking your kids to school, or picking something up at the grocery store, choose walking.

Vancouver's vibrant street life

VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant pedestrian spaces

VIVA Vancouver is the program that reduces the use of cars on select city streets throughout the summer.

Tips for pedestrians

Walking safely and responsibly

The City is committed to making walking easier and safer. Learn the crosswalk signals and get tips for walking safely and responsibly in Vancouver.

Increasing Vancouver's walkability

Pedestrian with a walker

Pedestrian accessibility

Learn how we make Vancouver's streets accessible to all pedestrians, with curb ramps and audible signal devices installed at crosswalks.

Pedestrian survey

In 2013, the City updated its Pedestrian Volume and Opinion Survey that:

  • Records weekday sidewalk volumes
  • Asks people who walk about where their trips start and end, why they choose their walking routes, what their satisfaction with various pedestrian facilities is, and more.

Read the 2013 Pedestrian Survey Summary (2.3 MB)

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Access to nature

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Walking around Vancouver

View Vancouver's current Walk Score rating

Vancouver scores consistently high on the walkability index. Find the City's current ratings at the Walk Score website.

Vancouver's Walk Score

Need a walking route? Look for map stands around the city

Last modified: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:48:51

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