Intersection of Richards Street and Smithe Street before upgrades.

Richards green complete street improvements

As part of our commitment to green initiatives and with a goal to have two-thirds of all trips in Vancouver made by walking, cycling, and transit by 2030, we're upgrading major infrastructure on Richards St.

We're upgrading critical street infrastructure and extending the protected bike lane to provide better cycling access and a safer and more comfortable cycling route for people of all ages and abilities. This project includes:

  • Installation of storm water tree trenches to make better use of storm water run off
  • Planting over 100 trees and planter boxes to manage water at the street level
  • Introduction of silva-soil cells to minimize root damage to new and existing street infrastructure
  • Construction of a protected bi-directional bike lane between Pacific St and Cordova St
  • New traffic signals 
  • Improved intersection lighting 
  • Installation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station
  • Installation of two additional public bike share (PBS) stations, and relocation of the existing four
  • Addition of new bike racks
  • Sidewalk repair to improve safety and accessibility for all users

Details 

Location

Richards St from Cordova St to Pacific St

Duration

Bike lane construction and road improvements are scheduled in 2 phases from January 2020 to spring 2021: 

  • Phase 1 (Cordova St to Nelson St): January 2020 to summer 2020
  • Phase 2 (Nelson St to Pacific St): Summer 2020 to spring 2021

Work hours

Monday to Friday: 7am to 5:30pm, extended hours as needed

Weekends: as needed


How this project may affect you

Contact us

Emma Mendoza
Community Liaison
604-873-7307
richardsupgrades@vancouver.ca


Bikeway timeline

  • 2006

    Richards Street painted bikeway completed

  • 2012

    Transportation 2040 plan adopted by Council

    Richards Street identified to be upgraded to an all-ages and abilities (AAA) bikeway

  • 2013

    Interim parking-protected bike lane completed

  • 2016

    Stakeholder meetings on Downtown Bike Network Expansion and Public Bike Share

    Extending Richards St bike lane north to Cordova Street considered

  • 2018/2019

    Public consultation

    Design refinements on bike lane based on public and stakeholder feedback

  • 2019

    Final report

    Staff report final details to stakeholders

  • January 2020

    Construction begins

  • We are here
  • Spring 2021

    Expected completion


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