Cyclists riding through a city street

Pine St and W 1st Ave - Arbutus to Seaside

We’re working to improve cycling connections between the Arbutus Greenway and the Seaside Greenway (seawall).

Arbutus Greenway is an 8.8 kilometre active travel route stretching from near Fir St and W 6th Ave in the north, to the Fraser River in the south. The greenway provides a safe and comfortable cycling route for people of all ages and abilities (AAA).

Seaside Greenway (seawall) is a 28 kilometre route along Vancouver’s coastline. Most of the route has dedicated bike lanes that are separate from cars, making it safe for people of all ages and abilities (AAA).

What's happening

Street change proposals

A series of on-street changes are proposed for:

  • Pine St, between W 6th Ave and W 1st Ave
  • W 1st Ave, from Pine St to Creekside Dr

Our goal is to make a connection that is safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities while accommodating access and loading for nearby businesses and residents. 

Key changes along the Pine St and W 1st Ave link

  • Installation of protected two-way bike lane along the route 
  • Improved accessibility for people walking at W 1st Ave and Fir St with new ramps
  • Three blocks on Pine St to become one-way for vehicles
    • W 3rd Ave and W 4th Ave (northbound only)
    • W 4th Ave and W 5th Ave (southbound only)
    • W 5th Ave and Arbutus Greenway (northbound only)
  • Two-way travel for vehicles retained on all other blocks 
  • Approximately half of all on-street parking spaces maintained along the route
    • Existing ‘permit only’ parking to be relocated in close proximity
    • New loading zones provided to support businesses
  • New temporary public space on Pine St between W 5th Ave and W 6th Ave

Get in touch

We hosted two virtual information sessions on May 17, to share the design details and answer questions. Thank you to everyone who attended and provided comments and feedback. We are now reviewing this feedback and the design prior to implementation. 

Why we're doing this

Approved by City Council in 2018, the Pine St and W 1st Ave link is a proposed cycling connection between the Arbutus Greenway and the Seaside Greenway seawall. The goal is to:

  • Address a seven-block gap between the Arbutus and the Seaside greenway
  • Provide an active transportation connection that meets our AAA cycling design guideline, making our cycling facilities safe, comfortable, and equitable for all users

Location

How this project may affect you


Arbutus to Seaside timeline

  • July 2018

    Planning

    Council approves the Arbutus Greenway Implementation Strategy which identifies creating an active transportation link between the Arbutus Greenway and Seaside Greenway (seaside) along Pine St and W 1st Ave

  • Fall 2021

    Early stakeholder meetings - Conceptual design

    Consulted with businesses to learn how they use Pine St and how vehicles and bikes circulate

    Identified how changes can accommodate access, egress, and loading requirements while meeting our AAA cycling standards

  • Early 2022

    Community conversations - Detailed design

    Update residents and businesses on the proposed design with door knocking, email notifications, notification letter drop offs, and online information sessions

    Finalize design based on community conversations

  • We are here
  • Summer 2022

    Implementation

    Notify community of intended changes

    Construction for Pine St to W 1st Ave and Pine St to Creekside Dr route interim materials

    Monitoring changes and adjusting pilot measures as needed

  • 2023 and beyond

    Permanent implementation

    Permanent construction where changes are successful


Related projects

Arbutus Greenway

The Arbutus Greenway has transformed 9 km of old railway corridor into a walking, biking, and rolling path from False Creek to the Fraser River.

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our plan provides a vision for how people and goods move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.

Seawall

Find information about Vancouver’s seawall – where it is, what to see and do along the Seawall, and a map of the Seawall.