Our history

SFE milestones

    • 2013: Research begins
    • February 24, 2014: Initial convening of community members regarding a more “inclusive and sustainable Commercial Drive”
      • Initial research is presented to about 60 community members at Britannia Community Centre on Commercial Drive. Interested attendees leave contact information and the beginning of the Streets For Everyone community begins to take shape
    • Spring, 2014: Community members who have attended a couple of regular meetings vote on the group’s new name: Streets For Everyone (SFE)
      • Renderings are produced illustrating new ideas for Commercial Drive as part of SFE’s first campaign, the Commercial Drive Campaign
    • June 2014: Streets For Everyone builds a full-scale, 50-metre model of what Commercial Drive could look like with a wider sidewalk, more furniture, landscaping, and a separated bike lane as part of Car Free Day. The attraction is a big hit with folks in the community, and we gather thousands of signatures for our petition.
    • November 2014: SFE’s Sarah FioRito presents the Commercial Drive proposal to the Grandview-Woodland Area Council and approximately 200 community members including various members of city staff, members of the Commercial business community.
    • Winter 2014: SFE organizers present the Commercial Drive Proposal to the Grandview Woodland Citizen’s Assembly on the Community Plan for consideration as an addition to their recommendations to council.
    • June 2015: The Grandview Woodland recommends all core components of the Streets For Everyone Commercial Drive Proposal in their report to council -this is a big deal! Read the report
    • Summer 2015: SFE receives a Neighbourhood Small Grant to invest in a cargo bike to begin doing creative community consultation and engagement while also demonstrating the viability of cargo bikes as an alternative to moving large loads in cars.