Gastown Complete Streets

Gastown’s streets are in need of major rehabilitation. 

We have an important opportunity to work with people who live, visit, work, and commute through Gastown to consider the future of the area and create a plan for the streets and transportation network.

Study area

Gastown Complete Street study area map

Project goals

To begin the planning process, we will develop a transportation plan for Gastown.

Building from the Transportation 2040 and Downtown Eastside Plan  (21.22 MB), we have identified four goals for this plan:

  • Celebrate and acknowledge Gastown’s complex history and work towards reconciliation
  • Explore Vancouver’s first car-light area
  • Address a major gap in the all ages and abilities cycling network 
  • Enhance transit service for bus and future streetcar

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Timeline

Here is our progress and planned milestones.

  • 2017-2018

    Phase 1: Imagine Gastown streets

    Talk to people about how they use Gastown streets and their vision for the future.

  • We are here
  • 2019

    Phase 2: Complete Streets planning

    Develop principles to guide high-level plans and network options.

  • Phase 3: Street design

    Work with the public to develop a design for Gastown's streets.

  • Phase 4: Construction and implementation

    Make a plan for construction and involve the community in implementation.

Past updates

In Phase 1, we spoke to over 3,000 people and 50 local groups through a series of surveys and conversations including an open house, five walking tours and workshops with Vancouver residents and local businesses.

Background

Gastown is a beloved historic destination visited by thousands of locals and visitors every year. It is a diverse, mixed-income neighbourhood with a vibrant business district and critical resources for some of Vancouver's most vulnerable residents.

Gastown is within the territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and it is the birthplace of Vancouver. It has also been at the centre of many of the city’s defining moments such as:

  • The Great Fire of 1886 when members of the Squamish nation paddled across the Burrard inlet to rescue residents
  • Neighbourhood protests in the 1960s over plans to build a freeway into the city
  • The riot in 1971 between protesters and the police

Through engagement with residents, visitors, and businesses, we hope to develop a transportation plan for the streets in Gastown that respects this complex history, creates great spaces for people of all ages and abilities to walk, cycle and hang out, and maintain good access to homes and businesses.