With visions of a car-light area in Gastown, City of Vancouver is consulting residents on a transportation area plan. Tour and workshop, Saturday October 21, 1:30 to 4:30. Project, event details and signup HERE.   An online survey is available for members of Talk Vancouver.

Starting, as with Burrard Bridge, from the need to do major repair, CoV seeks input on moving Gastown towards a complete street design model.

“We have an opportunity to build on the strengths of Gastown and design the streets in a way that better serves the area. We want to work with the community to achieve the best outcome,” says Lon LaClaire, Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver. “As part of our community engagement, we will be exploring whether Water Street could become car-light, but it is important to us to work closely with businesses in the area to see how the streets can continue to support loading and movement needs.”

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Potential car-light street

Water Street was identified in the Downtown Eastside Plan and Transportation 2040 as a potential car-light street and as a missing link within the east-west bike network.

Car-light refers to a street design that reduces the number of vehicles travelling through an area in order to create more inviting spaces for people to walk, cycle, and enjoy.

Any car-light area will need to balance mobility and access needs for local businesses, residents and visitors with the desire to create an interesting and welcoming place for people to be.