Commercial Drive Proposal

A public space that works for everyone in our community

Our goal is to make Commercial Drive a street that works for everyone. The core changes we are aiming for include widened sidewalks, better transit and transit shelters, separated bike lanes, better pedestrian crossings and more marked or signalized crosswalks, more street furniture, and more landscaping.

These changes will set a precedent for the rest of Vancouver by providing a local demonstration of how progressive street design bolsters the local business environment and makes a street more equitable, vibrant and attractive.

To support our efforts on Commercial Drive, please sign our petition by clicking the button on the right.

Commercial Drive (2016 City of Vancouver Intercept Survey):

  • 44% of all visitors to Commercial Drive live within Grandview-Woodland. Only 18% come from other cities.
  • 86% of those who did drive and park told the City that it was easy to find parking; only 4% said it was “very difficult” to find parking
  • Over 80% of people surveyed on Commercial Drive sidewalks arrived on foot, bike, or transit.
    • 59% of pedestrians and 26% of cyclists visit the Drive five times a week or more; only 16% of car drivers do
  • 17% of people arrived on the Drive via motor vehicle
    • 48% of drivers visit the Drive once a week or less, while this is the case for only 12% of pedestrians
  • Only 5.6% of all people arriving on the Drive use the on-street parking on Commercial.
    • Although Streets For Everyone has shown that bike lanes can be installed without a net loss of parking, even if parking is removed on one-side, that would probably only affect less than 3% of those arriving on the Drive.
  • 11% cycle to Commercial

41% of people in Metro Vancouver don’t bicycle more because they feel unsafe riding with vehicular traffic (TransLink, 2011).

The Commercial Drive survey found this to be two-thirds.

The potential for more cyclists on Commercial, given the proper facilities, is enormous. Already in 2011, 17% of Grandview-Woodland residents relied on the bicycle as their primary means of transportation (Census 2011), despite not having safe, all-ages-and-abilities bike lanes.

Most people do not travel far to work, shop, and play: 54% of all trips in Vancouver are under 5 kilometres (

Why Commercial Drive?

  • Over 50% of the people in the surrounding neighbourhood (Grandview-Woodland) use transit, cycle, or walk to work (2006 census, Statistics Canada)
  • Over 15% of people in the neighbourhood use bicycles as a main mode of transportation (2011 National Household Survey)
  • These users are dramatically underserved by the current car-centric design of the street. In particular, bicycle users have no designated space on the street and are often forced to navigate around buses, parking cars, and high speed traffic. In addition to that, Commercial Drive’s sidewalks are unable to accommodate the high number of pedestrians, which leads to human traffic jams at choke points along the street.

By reaching out to and working with a diverse range of stakeholders in the community and at the city, Streets For Everyone seeks to demonstrate that streets designed for everyone are a win for everyone: businesses, residents, visitors, etc.

Check out some of the design possibilities that we’ve highlighted below in our draft renderings. *Please note that these renderings are NOT our final recommendations and that we appreciate and consider all feedback on our proposed plan*

A parking protected cycle track

car parking

Our plan leaves parking intact on both sides of the street, reallocating under-utlized car travel lanes to pedestrian, cycling, and public realm improvements


Birds eye view


Dutch-inspired intersection

bus stop

Protruding bus stop increases speed of bus flow and leaves more space on the sidewalk for pedestrians


Dutch style intersections makes intersections safer and more intuitive for all modes, including cars


possible street-seating concept

bike parking

Bike parking

Parking protected bike lane on Union St.

Parking protected bike lane on Union St.

  *Please note that these renderings are NOT final and that we appreciate and consider all feedback on our proposed plan*