Frequently asked questions
What is the proposed cycle path route?
You can review the proposed separated cycle path by clicking here. This proposed route incorporated public feedback from public engagement held in August and November 2021, and important technical, safety, and neighbourhood impact considerations. You can review a summary of how we arrived at the proposed cycle route by clicking here.
You can find answers to more detailed design and technical questions by clicking here.
How can I share my feedback?
What happened in Round 1 and Round 2?
In Round 1 engagement in August 2021, we learned about your top values for a separated cycle path at Kitsilano Beach Park. We also heard about challenges you experience traveling in the park, and recommendations for a cycling path through Kitsilano Beach Park. You can find out more about what we heard by clicking on this summary.
In Round 2 engagement in November 2021, we presented different options for cycle path routes across the park. We asked for your input on how well each of the design options reflected the values from Round 1. You can review the different design options and a brief summary of what we heard in Round 2 engagement by clicking here, or review the full Round 2 engagement report by clicking here.
We've answered more detailed questions about engagement here.
What are the next steps?
Share your input on the proposed cycle path route by filling out the survey by March 6, 2022, and please feel free to sign up for one of our virtual drop-in information sessions. The design will be fine-tuned based on your feedback and presented to the Park Board for approval in spring 2022.
How long will the new path be in place?
This separated cycling path will be in use until a future master plan is completed for Kitsilano Beach Park. The plan will serve as a long-term guiding document and will cover all aspects of park renewal, and will consider impacts of developments like the Broadway Plan. It is anticipated that this planning work will be funded in the 2023-2026 Capital Plan, and that work in the park will be funded in the 2027-2030 Capital Plan.
What is a greenway?
Greenways are car-lite to car-free corridors that prioritize active transportation and recreation for people of all ages and abilities and identities that also serve as high-quality continuous public spaces. They form a city-wide interconnected network that connect diverse neighbourhoods together and provide equitable and inclusive access to key destinations and experience of nature in the city. They provide opportunities for reconciliation, community building and stewardship, improved natural systems and public life in a manner that enhances and responds to the surrounding context.
What is the Seaside Greenway?
It is the 28km‐long walking, rolling, and cycling path connecting the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks. Most of the Seaside Greenway has separate paths for people walking and rolling and for people cycling. This keeps people moving at different speeds separate and offers a more comfortable experience for path users.
Why is the work is being done?
Kitsilano Beach Park is one of Vancouver’s most popular parks, and we want to make it safer and easier for people to travel to and through the park. The section of the Seaside Greenway in and adjacent to Kitsilano Beach Park is one of the only sections of the Greenway that does not provide separate paths for cycling and walking/rolling, which has led to some access and safety concerns. Providing separate paths for walking/rolling and for cycling will make the Greenway safer and more comfortable for all users.
What is the main goal of this work?
This project will establish a separated bike path that connects Balsam Street to Ogden Avenue across the park and improve entryways into the park, maintaining access to the various park amenities. We are asking for input from park and pathway users to help us develop design options for a separated cycle path that make it a safe and comfortable route for all users, including children, families, and people with reduced mobility while reducing conflicts between park users.
Where is the project happening?
We are looking at the segment of the Seaside Greenway between Balsam Street and Ogden Avenue, including a section of shared walking, rolling, and cycling path in Kitsilano Beach Park.
Who is leading the project?
The project is being led by the Park Board. City Engineering staff will be providing their active transportation design and construction expertise, including considering possible reallocation of street space.