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Green infrastructure, protected bike lane coming to Richards Street

January 2 2020 –

We are upgrading critical street infrastructure along Richards Street between Cordova and Pacific streets. The project includes the introduction of green infrastructure and transportation upgrades to benefit all users.

Construction timeline

Construction will start on Monday, January 6, 2020, with anticipated completion in spring 2021.

Infrastructure upgrades

The green infrastructure includes:

  • Storm water tree trenches to reduce street runoff
  • 100 new trees to increase the urban forest downtown

Additional upgrades include:

  • Protected intersections
  • Traffic signal reconstruction
  • Sidewalk improvements
  • Street repaving
  • One block of sewer upgrades
  • Two new Mobi bike share stations

The transportation upgrades include:

  • Building a new bike lane along Richards Street to improve cycling access in the downtown area
  • Safer and more comfortable cycling route for people of all ages and abilities

Bike network improvements

The improvements will close major gaps in the existing bike network by:

  • Providing a north-south connection to Gastown and False Creek
  • Enhancing cycling connections with east-west routes
  • Creating safer navigation at intersections for everybody

Design based on public feedback

The new design is based on extensive public feedback gathered in 2018 online and in person. It maintains current motor vehicle volumes and approximately 85% of the street parking. The improved separation and two-way bike operation responds to specific requests we heard regarding the existing bike lane during engagement in 2016. 

What to expect during construction

  • To minimize traffic impacts, the work will be done in four to five-block segments over two phases, starting in sections between Cordova and Nelson. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the area of construction.
  • Access to residences, businesses, and most sidewalks will be maintained throughout construction. Detours around active construction areas may be in effect for people walking.

Learn more about the project

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Thank you for your patience while this work is completed.