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: Outreach to businesses and residents on Vancouver Street is currently underway. The City is interested in hearing from as many people as possible, particularly those who live, work, learn, and travel on Vancouver Street. Throughout the month of November and December there will be opportunities for the public to learn more about the objectives for Vancouver Street and provide feedback on different infrastructure design treatments and considerations. In January 2019 the consultation program will continue with sharing what has been heard to date and to gather input on a preferred design concept, prior to providing a report back to Council.

To fill provide your feedback and fill out the survey, click here or join us at one of the upcoming Project Open Houses on November 27, 28 or 29th, 2018. To request a design discussion meeting for your community group, strata or business, contact engage@victoria.ca

DESIGN: The preliminary design concept for Vancouver Street will include protected bike lanes on busy streets and shared-use neighbourhood bikeways on traffic calmed streets.

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENT: City staff will be meeting with stakeholders along Vancouver Street to discuss any issues, concerns, ideas and opportunities surrounding the project.

Design concepts will also be shared with the public to help refine the designs. After changes are made based on public feedback, the designs will be shared with the community to confirm the design is taking the right approach.

 

 

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:

  • Consult with the community on design concepts – Fall 2018
  • Design revisions and approvals – Fall 2018/Winter 2019
  • Construction – 2019