People cycling in bike lane downtown

Expanding the downtown bike network

We're planning upgrades along Drake Street. The proposed changes include transportation and landscaping upgrades that will improve signal infrastructure, and safety, comfort, and accessibility for people travelling along the street.

The proposed upgrades include extending the two-way protected bike lane from Hornby Street to Pacific Street, which will fill a major gap in the cycling network, linking a number of existing and future routes including Burnaby Street, Hornby Street, Richards Street, 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, we developed a recommended design and shared it with the public in early 2020.

What's happeningDrake Street (Burrard to Pacific) improvements

Our final phase of public and stakeholder engagement was completed in early 2020. The majority of respondents supported changes to the recommended design, and shared additional suggestions that staff considered as they refined the final recommended design. 

Staff presented recommendations for the Granville Bridge Connector and Drake St to Council on September 16, 2020. Council approved the first phase of Granville Bridge Connector along with Drake Street improvements on September 29, 2020.

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Phase two

Thank you to everyone who attended the open house and provided feedback through the online survey. 

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Project goals

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:

In depth

Learn where we propose to work and how these upgrades link to Transportation 2040.