Gas­town may go ‘car-light’

City ex­plor­ing Wa­ter St. de­sign for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists

StarMetro Vancouver - - FRONT PAGE - Wanyee Li

The cob­ble­stone streets in Van­cou­ver’s old­est neigh­bour­hood are due for a facelift, and the city is start­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the project this fall.

City staff have iden­ti­fied Wa­ter Street in Gas­town as a can­di­date for car-light upgrades, which would mean fewer ve­hi­cles and more room for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists in­stead. The route could be the miss­ing link in the eastwest bike net­work, ac­cord­ing to the city’s Down­town East­side Plan and Trans­porta­tion 2040.

There are no pro­posed de­signs for what Gas­town’s new roads will look like yet; rather, staff are ask­ing peo­ple gen­eral ques­tions about their cur­rent ex­pe­ri­ence and what they hope to see change in the neigh­bour­hood.

Pub­lic feed­back this month will in­form city staff’s work as they draw up draft op­tions for more com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion in early 2018.

“As part of our com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, we will be ex­plor­ing whether Wa­ter Street could be­come car-light, but it is im­por­tant to us to work closely with busi­nesses in the area to see how the streets can con­tinue to sup­port load­ing and move­ment needs,” said Lon LaClaire, Van­cou­ver’s di­rec­tor of trans­porta­tion, in a press re­lease.

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