Draft Concept Designs for the 7th Avenue Greenway
Based on the input received during the first round of engagement earlier this year, we are excited to share the design options that we have prepared for the 7th Avenue Greenway. Three options have been developed between Wren Street and Stave Lake Street:
- Option 1: One-way protected bicycle lanes: This option involves one-way protected bicycle lanes physically separated from motor vehicle traffic on each side of 7th Avenue.
- Option 2: Two-way protected bicycle lanes: This option involves a two-way protected bicycle lane physically separated from motor vehicle traffic only the north side of 7th Avenue
- Option 3: Hybrid multi-use pathway and two-way protected bicycle lanes: This option involves a hybrid option that includes a multi-use pathway on the north side of the street between Juniper Street and Taulbut Street to minimize property impacts while preserving parking on both sides of the street in front of Ecole Mission Secondary School and the, the Mission Leisure Centre, and the businesses at James Street. West of Juniper Street and east of Taulbut Street, this option is the same as Option 2 with protected bicycle lanes physically separated from motor vehicle traffic.
Each of these options have carefully considered the needs of all road users and seek to improve the experience of people cycling, walking, using transit and driving while minimizing impacts to on-street parking and loading. In particular, in response to feedback about concerns about parking changes in front of Ecole Mission Secondary School, the Mission Leisure Centre, and the businesses at James Street, parking has been maintained on both sides of the street between Juniper Street and Taulbut Street. Overall, all three options preserve at least 60% of the existing on-street parking supply along the corridor.
In addition, the proposed concept includes a shared roadway between cyclists and motor vehicles between Stave Lake Street and the entrance to Fraser River Heritage Park.
Option 1: One-way protected bicycle lanes
Option 2: Two-way protected bicycle lanes
Option 3: Hybrid multi-use pathway and two-way protected bicycle lanes
All of the options include features to improve safety and mobility for all road users along 7th Avenue. Key features of the design are summarized below for each of six key themes:
Theme 1: Pedestrian Safety, Accessibility, and Comfort
- New crosswalks at several locations to improve access to bus stops and improve pedestrian safety.
- New curb extensions at several locations to reduce pedestrian crossing distance and improve pedestrian safety.
- A new crosswalk with pedestrian refuge island at Horne Street.
- Bicycle lane raised to sidewalk level with crosswalk at several locations to maintain accessibility.
- Improved pedestrian experience by providing protected bicycle facilities to minimize sidewalk cycling and minimize noise and air pollution by providing a buffer from vehicle traffic.
- Improved pedestrian connections to Fraser River Heritage Park and East Mission Heritage Greenway
Theme 2: Traffic Operations
- Two-way motor vehicle traffic maintained for the entire length of the corridor.
- Existing left turn lanes retained at all traffic signals to maintain traffic operations.
- New north-south left turns at the Cedar Valley Connector / Cedar Street intersection as part of future projects to improve traffic operations and safety.
- New traffic signal with new westbound left turn lane at Murray Street to improve traffic operations and improve north-south connections.
- New left turn lanes at Horne Street and Dunsmuir Street to improve traffic operations and improve north-south connections.
- New curb extensions and intersection realignment at Mary Street to improve safety.
Theme 3: Cycling Comfort
- Physically separated bicycle facilities to improve cycling safety and comfort for people of all ages and abilities.
- Option 1: New 1.8 metre one-way protected bicycle lanes on both side of the street physically separated from vehicle traffic with a median
- Option 2: 3.0 metre wide two-way protected bicycle lane on the north side of the street physically separated from vehicle traffic with a median
- Option 3: 3.0 metre wide two-way multi-use pathway on the north side of the street raised to sidewalk level with crosswalk in front of Mission Secondary School, Leisure Centre, and business area
- Green pavement markings through intersections to improve cycling safety and visibility.
- Improved cycling connections to Fraser River Heritage Park and East Mission Heritage Greenway.
Theme 4: On-Street Parking and Driveways
- On-street parking maintained on both sides of the street between Juniper Street and Taulbut Street.
- On-street parking retained on the south side of the street for the remainder of the corridor. All three options retain at least 60% of on-street parking along the corridor.
- All existing driveway accesses are maintained.
Theme 5: Transit
- All existing bus stop maintained.
- Bicycle lane raised to sidewalk level in front of bus stops adjacent to bicycle lane to improve accessibility.
Theme 6: Landscaping and Public Realm
- Opportunities for landscaping and street trees.
- Opportunities for more benches, garbage cans, and other amenities.
- Opportunities for improved lighting.
- Opportunity to reduce channelized right turn lane and create additional public space at Kinsmen West Park.
A detailed summary of each of these features can be found in our visual summary. CLICK HERE for a direct link.