Public & Stakeholder Engagement Feedback
Through spring 2021 staff have been meeting with stakeholders and gathering public feedback.
Staff met virtually with stakeholders such as the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Orpheum and Commodore theatres and the area BIA to present the design and receive initial feedback. The stakeholder discussions focused on walking/cycling on the corridor, general motor vehicle circulation in the neighbourhood, access for emergency vehicles to parkades/driveways, loading/passenger zones and overall safety for all road users.
Later in spring 2021, we also gathered public feedback on the proposed design for Smithe Street upgrades through an online survey. About 570 people participated in the survey. More than 70% of participants reported the project objectives to be very important or important to improving their experience along Smithe Street. Some shared concerns and some shared suggestions on how we can improve the design for people walking, rolling, and cycling as well as reduce conflicts between people cycling and driving.
We have used public and stakeholder feedback to refine the final design for Smithe Street. Staff plan to begin with preparatory work for traffic signals and paving as soon as July 2021, with more substantial work later in the summer.
Consultation has concluded