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.

Following this summer’s Open Streets pilot program, Mayor and Council endorsed continuing Open Streets at three locations in the City, including:


Lonsdale Ave

Lonsdale Avenue between 13th and 18th is a busy commercial hub at the heart of our City. In this stretch the street has been narrowed to two travel lanes (one in each direction), with a parking/loading zone on both sides, an expanded sidewalk, and seating/waiting areas in the previous parking lane.

The expanded sidewalk area offers flexible pedestrian orientated space designed to support the needs of local shops, cafes, restaurants. In some sections additional covered seating is available. In other locations there is a waiting area so that queues to enter popular destinations do not obstruct the sidewalk. City staff will continue working with businesses to refine this stretch of Lonsdale to include things like pick up/drop off or waiting areas or other elements that support to the diverse needs of the neighbouring businesses. Learn more at


West Grand Blvd

West Grand Blvd between East Keith Road and East 19th Street now provides a comfortable experiences for cyclists while maintaining vehicle access for neighbouring residents. The northbound lane has been closed to vehicle traffic allowing cyclists to travel north and south along the roadway rather than along the pathways in Grand Boulevard Park. The pathways have been reallocated to pedestrians allowing them more space for physical distancing.

Staff will continue working with neighbours to refine the design.


Wallace Mews at The Shipyards

Wallace Mews has been closed to general vehicle traffic at both intersections with Victory Ship Way. The closure of Wallace Mews has improved the pedestrian safety and social distances space in this popular location.  Vehicle access for deliveries and emergency vehicles is still permitted.  The City will continue to work with adjacent businesses to modify the configuration to ensure access and loading needs are met.


This initiative is part of the Council endorsed COVID-19 pandemic adaptation and recovery framework.

Contact Info

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

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