South False Creek Seawall improvements to be explored

Dec 19 2017, 8:11 am

The oldest section of the seawall may soon be getting much needed improvements. The South False Creek seawall study will explore ways to improve active transportation on the seawall – between Vanier Park and the Cambie Bridge. 

The South False Creek study aims will asses existing conditions on this section of the seawall and identify safety, capacity, and accessibility issues.

The improvements are need all the way to Kits Beach, however up to Vanier Park is a good start.

Existing Conditions

This section of the seawall dates back to 1975 and is the oldest section of the seawall network. Existing conditions include:

  • Uneven surfaces
  • Poor sight lines
  • Inconsistent design(e.g.signage, pavement markings, separation) along the pathway
  • Shared walking and cycling paths with potential conflicts amongst users and with vehicles
  • Overcrowding

Opportunities for Improvements

Newer sections of the seawall, such as those in David Lam Park and Olympic Village, have been built to higher standards and are designed to accommodate many more users. Features include:

  • Separated walking and cycling paths
  • Wide paths with clear sight lines
  • Smooth surfaces that accommodate people using wheelchairs, in-line skates,
  • skateboards, etc.
  • Consistent, clear signage and visual cues that reinforce where to walk or bike