Vancouver Street

Vancouver Street is an important north-south connection in the City’s All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network. Vancouver runs from Bay Street to Dallas Road, including portions through Beacon Hill Park. Once complete, this corridor will connect the Humboldt, Fort and Pandora AAA routes and provide cyclists with access to a number of parks, schools, residents and employment destinations.

STATUS: Following consultation activities and technical analysis, in May 2018 City Council approved prioritizing Vancouver Street AAA cycling improvements. Consultation on the design concepts for Vancouver Street is anticipated for Summer/Fall of 2018 with detailed design and construction planned for 2019.

DESIGN: The design concept for Vancouver Street proposes traffic calming and a shared use environment (Bay Street to Caledonia Avenue; Meares Street to Dallas Road) and protected bike lanes on either of the road between Caledonia Avenue to Meares Street.

To view the design concepts for Vancouver Street from Pandora Avenue to Southgate click here:

VancouverStreetConceptDesigns.pdf [PDF - 16.8 MB]

Background:

In April 2016, Cook Street between Pandora Avenue and Pakington Street was approved as an AAA cycling corridor. In July 2017 the functional design process was initiated and a first round of public engagement was completed. A series of designs (including different lane configurations and various intersection treatments) were explored to balance multiple objectives and road user needs.

During the analysis phase, the potential traffic impacts during peak commute time (three lane concept) and potential conflicts with underground utilities and street trees (four lane concept) led staff to recommend to Council that an alternative north/south route on Vancouver be prioritized for AAA bike route investment.

In May 2018 Council directed staff to continue with design and consultation process for Vancouver Street from Dallas Road to Bay Street. Cook Street remains on the long term network, but safety improvements are targeted for Vancouver Street in 2018 and 2019.

Next Steps:

  • Report back to Council on Vancouver Street design concepts and traffic calming tactics – Summer 2018
  • Consult with the community on design concepts – Summer 2018
  • Design revisions and approvals – Fall 2018/Winter 2019
  • Construction – 2019

 

How to get involved:

The City will be consulting with a diverse range of stakeholders throughout the Summer and Fall of 2018 to share the design concepts and receive feedback to inform the detailed design. To be added to the distribution list contact engage@victoria.ca