Streets For Everyone is a grassroots, community-driven organisation based in East Vancouver dedicated to vibrant streets that are designed for all people. We advocate for improvements that make streets better public spaces that foster community interaction and enable all types of people to socialize, walk, cycle, take transit, and choose other modes of sustainable, healthy transportation on their favourite streets.
Good news! The City of Vancouver is starting public consultation on how to make Commercial Drive better for people cycling, walking and using public transit.
On the wide section between 14th and Graveley, the City states there is an opportunity to reallocate one lane of traffic to make space for protected bike lanes. This would have little impact on parking. We are rather puzzled that the BIA seems to oppose this.
Unfortunately, so far, the City has not mentioned the opportunity protected bike lanes to other sections of Commercial Drive.
We need your help to continue to support Streets For Everyone by coordinating business outreach, petitioning, and public engagement.
Graveley to Adanac
Between Graveley and Adanac, the street is narrower and no opportunity to create protected bike lanes is mentioned on the display boards presented at the open houses. We are concerned as Commercial from Adanac to 12th had the second highest cycling collisions/km according to City of Vancouver’s Cycling Safety Study.
One option would be to remove parking on one side of the street and have parking on the other to create space for protected bike lanes. This would require the parking to be full time on that side of the street so it would not be stripped during peak periods as currently is the case. Here is what it might look like.
While on-street parking is often perceived as to being very important for businesses, that may not be the case on Commercial. The City’s intercept survey found that only 17% of people arrived on the Drive via motor vehicle. Of those, 33% used the parking on the Drive meaning that only 5.6% of people arriving on the Drive use the on-street parking. So, if parking is removed on one-side, that would probably only affect less than 3% of those arriving on the Drive.
Already, 11% arrive by bicycle and that would increase dramatically if protected bike lanes are added. On Bloor Street in Toronto, a similar option to create bike lanes was just implemented that dramatically increased cycling by at least 75%. Given that on-street parking can make streets less safe for people walking, cycling and driving, reallocating parking on one side is worth exploring.
Please let the City know if you would like them to consider this option. Take the City of Vancouver’s online survey before Nov. 6. Let them know you want protected bike lanes on all of the Drive from Powell to Victoria. More information including display boards at vancouver.ca/commercial-complete-street
14th to Stainsbury Ave/Commercial Street
South of 14th, Commercial Drive still has two lanes of traffic in both directions. One lane could be reallocated to create protected bike lanes to connect with Commercial Street, a good potential bike route, and the BC Parkway at Stainsbury Ave. This would be a great local and regional connection enabling more people to cycle on the other sections of Commercial Drive. Good for business, people cycling and the community.
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The Commercial Drive Proposal – a street that works for everyone in our community
Changes we are advocating for:
- widened sidewalks
- separated bike lanes
- better transit and transit shelters
- better pedestrian crossings and more marked or signalized crosswalks
- more benches and other street furniture
- improved landscaping