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UPDATE MAY 28: The 90-metre section of the bike lane on Royal Avenue between Bruce Street and Bay Street continues to be closed to bicycles and will remain closed on a temporary basis, until such time that it can be integrated into a more extensive, connected cycling network.
As an interim measure, the District will install temporary furnishings such as planter boxes, or possibly seating areas to allow the bike lane to be utilized as a public space.
Community engagement and consultation are planned prior to proceeding with the next phases of the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape. A number of items factor into this decision, including community feedback on Phase 1 Streetscape, scheduling related to other projects such as the Horseshoe Bay Park revitalization, Metro Vancouver pump station upgrades, BC Hydro undergrounding, BC Ferries terminal upgrades, and the ongoing development of the Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan.
The District plans to engage and consult with the community on Phase 2 in early 2022.
Upgrades to Royal Avenue between Bay Street and Bruce Street will include installation of new sidewalks, lighting, plantings, curb bulges and asphalt pavement.
A separated northbound bike lane will be installed on the east side of Royal Avenue, with no impact to existing parking spaces.
In addition, preparations have begun for the undergrounding of hydro poles in the Horseshoe Bay commercial area, including Royal Avenue, Bay Street and Bruce Street.
About the plan
The Horseshoe Bay Streetscape Plan is a cohesive and unified streetscape design strategy to revitalize the commercial area of Horseshoe Bay Village, which hasn't been upgraded on a large scale since 1986. The intention is to enhance livability, strengthen economic activity and create a vibrant area where local businesses can compete with other retail centres.
The Horseshoe Bay streetscape improvements will be phased and will coincide with construction of the Spirit Trail to minimize impacts on residents.
The streetscape improvements will:
help foster a unique and distinct sense of place
create public space for programming
prioritize pedestrian and cycling use
increase road safety
exemplify the District’s commitment to sustainable transportation and development
Royal Avenue - rendering
Horseshoe Bay Streetscape - Phase 1 Plan
Learn more about the Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue