Open Streets in the City

The City’s Open Streets Action Plan encourages safe walking, cycling and business operations across the City by creating more space on our streets and sidewalks.  By reallocating some of our existing road space in key areas, we can provide improved access to businesses while supporting the health and safety of residents with more space for physical distancing.

Our Open Streets network includes streets that are on or adjacent to busy walking, cycling and transit corridors or have a high concentration of businesses and services.

Two Street Categories

Have a mix of shops, services and businesses.

Changes may include:

  • expanding the sidewalk zone, patios or seating
  • zones for curbside pick-up and loading
  • areas for queuing and waiting outside businesses

Provide connections to key destinations, recreation spaces, or the City’s multi-use path network.

Changes may include:

  • discouraging through traffic by installing passable, temporary barricades
  • reducing speed limits and adding additional signage

NEW - Neighbourhood Streets Update: St. Andrews/ 17th Street & Grand Boulevard from 19th to 23rd Streets

As part of the City’s Open Streets Action Plan, these locations were recently included in a pilot project and temporarily modified to provide safe and comfortable space for walking and cycling to support the need for movement across the City during COVID-19.  As a result of our observations and community input, the City has ended the pilot program in these locations.

Unfortunately, we saw an increase in poor driver behavior. Pedestrians were not comfortable using the space, while cyclists were experiencing more comfort.  Adjustments are ongoing, focussing on ways to maintain the benefits experienced by cyclists while  improving the experience for all road users. 

Meanwhile, Council has directed staff to initiate a pilot 30km/hr speed zone on St. Andrews and report back in Spring 2021 with monitoring data to assess the success of this initiative aimed at improving the experience of road users on this designated cycling route. 


See Open Streets Timeline

We want your feedback on Open Streets in the City

Please take a moment to share your experiences with us. Your input will help us make changes to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable.

Contact Info

Justin Hall
Manager, Public Realm Infrastructure
Phone: 778-554-4671

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