Drake St (Burrard St to Pacific Blvd) upgrades
We're planning upgrades along Drake St.
The proposed changes for the street include transportation and green infrastructure upgrades that will sustainably manage rainwater, upgrade signal infrastructure, and improve safety, comfort, and accessibility for people travelling along the street.
The proposed upgrades include extending the two-way protected bike lane from Hornby St to Pacific St which will fill a major gap in the cycling network, linking a number of existing and future routes including Burnaby St, Hornby St, Richards St, and the future Granville Bridge Connector.
In spring 2019, we shared preliminary design options with businesses, residents, and the public. Based on feedback and further study, the City has developed a recommended design.
We would like to hear feedback from the public once more before we finalize the design and present it to Council later this year.
Attend our drop-in session
Tuesday, March 3, 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Share your feedback online
Unable to attend in person? Our online survey will be available until March 9.
- Notification letter to residents and business owners PDF file (490 KB)
- Drake St upgrades - Phase 1 - Public and Stakeholder Engagement summary (852 KB)
- Drake St upgrades - Phase 2 - Open house information displays (14 MB)
Thank you to everyone who attended the open house in spring 2019 and provided feedback through the online survey.
A detailed consultation summary will be posted online on mid-January, 2020.
- Information displays PDF file (21 MB)
- Notification letter to business owners PDF file (412 KB)
- Notification letter to residents PDF file (412 KB)
Richards St upgrades
We are planning to upgrade and extend the Richards St bike lane to provide better cycling access in the downtown area, and a safer and more comfortable cycling route for people of all ages and abilities.
Thank you to everyone who attended the open house and provided feedback.
Contact the project team
- Smithe Street westbound (upgrade)
Through repaving coordination, physical protection on the bike lane was extended up to the intersections of Cambie, Hamilton, and Homer streets.
- Beatty Street (upgrade)
- Cambie Street northbound (new)
- Smithe Street westbound and Nelson Street eastbound (new)
Improvements made in 2016 supported the launch of a public bike share system in summer 2016. These routes are part of a larger 2016-2017 Active Transportation network improvement plan, which was reviewed by Council in December 2015.
Upgrades to the Richards Street bike lane were identified in 2016 but deferred based on public feedback and constructability. A revised proposal is the subject of consultation in late 2018.
As part of this project, we’re proposing to:
- Expand connectivity in the downtown bike network
- Provide a cycling environment that feels safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities
- Reduce conflicts between buses and people cycling, and improve transit operations where possible
- Accommodate the loading and access needs of adjacent businesses, institutions and residences
- Minimize costs and disruptions by coordinating with repaving or development where possible, using primarily inexpensive measures such as paint and signs
- Maintain on-street parking where possible
Why we are expanding the network
The downtown bike network links many key destinations, including shopping streets, cultural institutions, and major transit centres.
Bicycle ridership is growing on downtown routes, but there are:
- Gaps in the network
- Important destinations that are not connected to protected bike lanes