Increasing the walkability and accessibility of Vancouver's streets and sidewalks is a City priority. It is important that all residents are able to participate fully in the community, regardless of ability.
Sidewalk curb ramps
Curb ramps on street corners create access for people using wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.
Recognizing the importance of sidewalk accessibility early on, the City has been installing over 200 curb ramps per year since the 1960s.
There are curb ramps on more than 95% of sidewalk curbs in the downtown core.
Request a curb ramp
Many existing curb ramps in Vancouver were installed because someone asked for them. Let us know if you see a sidewalk that you think needs one.
Our engineers prioritize curb ramp requests to areas with a high level of pedestrian traffic, including:
- Collector and arterial roads
- Bus routes
- Community centres
- Shopping areas
Request a curb ramp online
Find accessible parking in Vancouver. Learn about parking exemptions for people with disabilities, and how to get a SPARC parking permit.
Find out how the City works with TransLink, the regional transit authority, to plan and develop accessible streets and transportation in Vancouver.
Do you need support to participate in recreational activities? Vancouver offers adapted and integrated programs and services for people with disabilities or special needs.
The grooves on curb edges allow people using walking sticks and canes to feel when the sidewalk slopes, and where the sidewalk ends.
Audible signals are also used to make crosswalks accessible by allowing people with vision impairments to hear when to cross the street.