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: In Spring 2018, City Council directed staff to shift the north-south cycling priority route from Cook Street to Vancouver Street to minimize impacts following extensive technical reviews and feedback from the public. Following the decision, further consultation with stakeholders along Vancouver Street is now needed. Click to view the report to Council that includes the shift from Cook Street to Vancouver Street: Report_Bicycle Network_Phase 1 Design and Implementation Update.pdf [PDF - 1.6 MB]

Specific outreach to businesses and residents along Vancouver Street is taking place this Fall in order to inform and consult the community on the proposed cycling facilities. Feedback from these important community engagements will help inform the final designs, which will be shared back with the community and presented to Council for approval prior to any construction taking place.

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: Starting in October, 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.

If you would like to be notified of the specific event dates and times, please sign up for our stakeholder email list by emailing your request to engage@victoria.ca

 

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