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Active Transportation for people of all ages and abilities.

Greenways are high quality active transportation, recreation & public space corridors that support walking, biking and rolling for people of all ages and abilities and identities. Through the Vancouver Plan, the City is looking to expand and intensity the current network of greenways.

As part of this work, two key directions are being explored:

1. Transitioning greenways from car-lite to car-free corridors in order to increase opportunities for public space uses (e.g. plazas, parklets, safer spaces for walking/rolling and biking)

2. Expanding the network, so that all residents live within a 5min walk of a Greenway

Key components of Vancouver’s existing and proposed greenways network

Major Greenways

Connecting Vancouver’s major and regional destinations (such as destination parks, hospitals, higher education and cultural intuitions) spanning shore to shore and beyond city boundaries.

City Greenways

Connecting important city destinations (community parks and public spaces, schools, neighbourhood shops) and that create an interconnected network within the city, linking Vancouver’s neighbourhoods together.

Neighbourhood Greenways (not shown on map)

Smaller-scale connections (several blocks in length) that serve neighbourhoods by providing connections between major or city greenways and local destinations.

Draft Transportation Policies for Greenways

5.1.3 Explore locating shops, services, businesses and a range of housing types along greenways, while considering vehicle access needs (off of car-free greenways).
5.2.4 Amplify and intensify the greenways network as car-light to car-free corridors for active transportation (i.e. walking, rolling, biking) and recreation, providing a high quality continuous experience with public spaces, ecological and green infrastructure functions.
5.3.5 Update the City’s transportation plan and develop a comprehensive Greenways Refresh Plan to advance the directions of Vancouver Plan, building on the Transportation 2040 Plan, the Climate Emergency Action Plan and aligning with regional priorities.


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