Walking and accessibility
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.
Sidewalks are crucial in improving walkability. While the City of Vancouver has an extensive sidewalk network, in many areas there are still hundreds of kilometers of missing sidewalks. The City is actively working on bridging this gap through development and capital projects.
Curb ramps provide a smooth transition between the sidewalk and roadway which improves connections for pedestrians who use wheelchairs, strollers, or other forms of mobility aids. Score lines in curb ramps provide guidance to pedestrians who are blind or have low vision.
Get more details on installing curb ramps in Vancouver
2023 to 2027 Active Mobility Plan
We are continuing to build a comprehensive active transportation network that provides for safe, inclusive, and convenient walking, rolling, and cycling.
Our 2023 to 2027 Active Mobility Plan (AMP) outlines upcoming infrastructure projects to advance this network.
It supports city goals related to health, safety, equity, accessibility, affordability and complete communities. It also supports the Climate Emergency Action Plan target (CEAP) of two-thirds of all trips by active transportation and transit by 2030..
The AMP includes maps for major corridor projects and walking programs.
Find accessible parking in Vancouver. Learn about parking exemptions for people with disabilities, and how to get a SPARC parking permit.
How we work with TransLink, the regional transit authority, to plan and develop accessible streets and transportation in Vancouver.
Vancouver offers adapted and integrated recreational 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.