Vancouver survey seeks feedback on COVID road use changes

THE City of Vancouver is seeking feedback on temporary road reallocation measures that were implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has changed what residents and businesses have needed from public space in Vancouver. In response to those needs, the City made a number of changes under its “Making Streets for People” initiative to support and adapt to these evolving needs, including:  

· Approving over 360 new temporary patios so more people can dine out and so that many restaurants can come closer to their pre-COVID occupancy

· Creating pop-up plazas and parklets so people can gather outside

· Calming traffic to make ‘slow streets’ more comfortable for people walking, biking, and rolling

· Making more room to line up and board buses at key bus stops

· Repurposing street space for more walking, rolling, and cycling along Beach Avenue  

· Making more room where there is queuing on narrow sidewalks

The actions within our Making Streets for People initiative support the City’s ongoing efforts to create safer streets, limit the effects of climate change, support local businesses and increase social connection between residents.

The public is now being asked to share its input on these temporary changes through a TalkVancouver survey between now and September 6. Public feedback will inform future decisions, including helping us determine how we should modify the measures and whether any of them should remain in place after the recovery period.

To take the survey, or for more information, visit