The Central Valley Greenway (CVG) is a 25 km regional greenway linking Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster. It is a combination of off-road paths and on-street routes.
The CVG follows the Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines, running from False Creek through Burnaby, and along a shallow valley south to the Fraser River in New Westminster.
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
New Westminster Quay
Telus World of Science
False Creek Seawall
There are also dozens of parks, community centres, swimming pools, and libraries along the route.
The Central Valley Greenway also links to the Millennium and Expo SkyTrain stations.
What's happeningUpgrades to the greenway
The Central Valley Greenway (CVG) between Clark Drive and John Hendry Park was identified for improvements in 2021. On-street upgrades aim to provide a safer and more comfortable cycling connection between the area’s local and regional destinations (example: Commercial Drive, John Hendry Park, and Commercial Broadway SkyTrain Station).
A new protected bikeway on Grandview Hwy North between Clark Dr and Commercial Dr
Changes in vehicle traffic circulation to reduce vehicle volumes on Grandview Hwy North to make it safer and more comfortable for people cycling
A new traffic signal at the E 8th Ave and Victoria Dr intersection
These upgrades were installed using interim materials in December 2021/January 2022. In summer 2022, our crews are scheduled to deploy street paint to accompany the interim upgrades.
We welcomed comments on the upgrades during a period of public consultation from September 28 to October 18, 2021. Additional comments were received after this period and after implementation which influenced the interim design.
We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of these interim upgrades at improving safety and comfort for people cycling during 2022.
The Central Valley Greenway is one of the 14 greenways identified in the Vancouver Greenways Plan PDF file (7.5 MB), and is an integral part of the Greater Vancouver Regional Greenway Vision. Construction of the greenway took place over two phases and was completed in 2009.
On February 24, 2004, City Council approved $4.63 million for the Federal Government’s Urban Transportation Showcase Program, which included the design of the CVG.
Phase 1 of the Greenway was developed and constructed in partnership with the Millennium SkyTrain line.
Construction started on Grandview Highway North on the north side of Grandview Cut between Commercial Dr and Slocan St. It was completed in 2002 and inlcudes a series of bike streets closed to vehicle traffic.
In 2009, the City of Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster completed construction of Phase 2 of the CVG which links the three municipalities across Metro Vancouver.
It serves both regional travel and trips within neighbourhoods. Scenic, direct, and comfortable, most parts of the route are seperated from vehicle traffic and are accessible for people of all ages to walk, cycle, and connect to transit.
Additionally, the greenway connects a number of neighbourhoods to major employment centres, two town centres, 10 SkyTrain stations, 16 bike routes, and 11 regional greenways.