HUB Cycling welcomes proposed upgrade of the 10th Avenue Bikeway

November 4, 2016

This week, plans for changes to the roads around the 10th Avenue Health Precinct were discussed by Vancouver City Council. The proposed changes to the route, which are part of the City of Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 Strategic Plan, and are included in the five year action plan, will improve both safety and functionality along this route for all modes of transport.

HUB Cycling, through the volunteers on its Vancouver/UBC local committee, has been involved in the consultation around this development for some time. In collaboration with representatives from Vancouver General Hospital, many health clinics along 10th Avenue, the emergency services and representatives from groups such as the City’s Seniors’ Committee and Persons with Disabilities Council, HUB has inputted into the plans.

Currently, 10th Avenue is extremely congested and does not meet the needs of any of its users as walking surfaces are uneven, there are very few passenger loading and unloading spaces and access to ER and clinics is limited. The new designs include wider level sidewalks, improved and raised crosswalks, curb bulges and proper drop-off zones with wheelchair ramps to improve pedestrian and patient safety. The addition of separated bike lanes, turning restrictions and traffic calming measures like one way streets on a portion of this section will also improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, while improving critical access by emergency vehicles.

The 10th Avenue Bikeway, running from Trafalgar to Victoria, is the most popular east-west bike route in the City and is heavily used between Oak and Cambie by both people passing through the area and hundreds of VGH staff to get to work. It has been suggested that the bikeway could be moved to a nearby parallel road but due to high-traffic volumes and significant elevation changes this would be impractical, and would remove a key connection in the City.

HUB Cycling is aware of concerns that the introduction of separated bike lanes will lead to a shortage of car parking spaces but we do not believe this would be the case. Only 74-77 public parking stalls are set to be removed and, even at peak times, there are at least 270 spaces out of 3,800 off-street parking spaces available in the Health Precinct area. There is also the capacity to create more public spaces and the improvement of drop-off zones will also reduce demand for parking.

We believe that through detailed consultations with a wide variety of stakeholders, the City of Vancouver has created plans that work for pedestrians, cyclists, emergency  vehicles and motorists. The proposals will be available for public viewing and comment at Open House sessions which begin the week of November 22nd, details of these are listed below: 

Public Open Houses

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 4-7pm, Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 818 W 10th Avenue
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 4-7pm, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 154 E 10 Avenue
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016, 11am-3pm, Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 818 W 10th Avenue
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 4-7pm, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive

You can also view the display materials and complete a feedback form online at vancouver.ca/10th-avenue or click on the links below. The online feedback form will be available from November 22nd to December 12th.