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 started in Summer 2018 and is ongoing. 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.

For those that were not able to join us at one of the Project Open Houses in November you can view the boards that were shared with the public VancouverStreetOpenHouseBoards-Nov2018.pdf [PDF - 26.1 MB]

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:

All Ages and Abilities (AAA) bicycle routes are designed to provide a safer, more inviting and low-stress cycling experience.

Cook Street was originally identified for priority investment on the City’s AAA Network. This was based on the findings from the 2016 Biketoria Network Study which identified the benefits of direct connectivity to urban village centres and a more gentle topography compared to other north / south routes. 

Further analysis of Cook Street in early 2018, however, revealed that significant trade-offs would be required to maintain vehicle traffic performance and cycling safety (not only on the corridor, but also at intersections) with the 3 lane roadway design. In particular, vehicle levels of service would be negatively impacted at peak travel times posing significant delays in the downtown core. This would likely result in motorists choosing parallel routes, including short-cutting through neightbourhoods on local streets, which raised further safety concerns.

Staff’s analysis indicated impacts could be mitigated by maintaining 4 vehicle travel lanes and building bike lanes in the boulevard, but these changes would have imposed additional impacts. Several iterations of design and cross sections for different blocks were assessed to determine how to best balance traffic flow and cycling safety. In short, providing a functional design with 4 lanes would come at the cost of pedestrian comfort, numerous boulevard tree removals, and a number of utility and infrastructure conflicts.  All of these impacts would have increased overall project costs and construction length.

More information about the three-lane and four-lane design assessments for Cook Street and benefits of near-term investments on Vancouver Street is found in the staff report and video from the May 24, 2018 meeting. While Cook Street remains on the City’s long term network, investments in Vancouver Street have now been prioritized to complete the eastern leg of the downtown AAA network.