This project has faced some stiff opposition and criticism in terms of cost, disruptions, and questioning of the priorities of the City. Combined with the re-routing of several access streets in this area, a large chunk of Kitsilano has been virtually converted into a gated community. There have been some big winners, including property owners and cyclists, but on balance, what are the costs and benefits to Vancouver taxpayers as a whole? Can the numbers on traffic be independently verified? Updated: We asked the City for the final project cost and the answer was this: “combined sewer separation – $5.0 million, water, street and landscaping improvements – $5.8m. These totals do not yet include the cost of boulevard trees and grass to be planted this fall when the weather is cooler.”
Join us at Volunteer Park on Saturday, September 9 to celebrate the completed improvements with some Rain or Shine ice cream, fun family-friendly activities, and a bike tune-up station. Bring a water bottle and a blanket to enjoy the waterfront view, hang out, and enjoy a small section of Vancouver’s Seaside Greenway which now provides 28 km of smooth walking and cycling for people of all ages and abilities.
When: Saturday, September 9
Where: Volunteer Park, Point Grey Rd.
Time: 12 pm – 3 pm, drop by anytime
Since completing Phase 1 of the Seaside Greenway project in 2016, the number of people:
- Walking on Point Grey Road has increased from 600 per day to 900 (weekday)
- Cycling on the route has increased from 600 per day to 2,700 (weekday)
With the Seaside Greenway now complete from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park, we look forward to seeing more residents and visitors use the route to walk, bike, and roll.
Notable improvements from MacDonald to Alma Street include:
- Separated sanitary and storm sewers to reduce flooding risk and increase system capacity
- Improved conditions and connections for people walking and cycling along Point Grey Road
- Widened north sidewalks and boulevards to provide improved sight lines between people walking and driving
- Raised crosswalks at key intersections to improve accessibility
- Expanded green space and enhancements to the public realm
New trees and grass within the boulevards and new green spaces will be planted in the fall when the weather is cooler. This will ensure that they have a better chance of thriving.
We encourage everyone to use the completed greenway and explore something new. A friendly reminder to avoid driving or parking on the sidewalks except on designated driveway letdowns.
City website links
Seaside Greenway Completion and York Bikeway: http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/point-grey-cornwall.aspx
The Seawall in Vancouver: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/seawall.aspx