VTC AGENDA            
                                                     JULY 9, 1996          

                             ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

                                                       Date: June 28, 1996 
                                                       Dept. File No.: 4051

   TO:       Vancouver Traffic Commission

   FROM:     General Manager of Engineering Services

   SUBJECT:  Cypress Street Bike Route - Kitsilano Portion, from Ogden
             Avenue to 16th Avenue and 1997 Provincial Bicycle Network
             Program Cost Share Update


        A.   THAT the portion of the Cypress Street Bike Route north of
             16th Avenue be implemented as shown in figure 1 and detailed
             in this report, at a total cost of $450,000, the sources of
             funds are to be $130,000 previously approved by Council,
             $165,000 from the Provincial Government, and $155,000 from
             Streets Basic Capital Unappropriated Account No.
             12/31/6903/999 - Bicycle Network.

        B.   THAT public consultation and design for the 37th Avenue, Kent
             Avenue, Heather Street, Nanton/28th Avenues and Lakewood Drive
             bike routes be undertaken with funding of $50,000 provided
             from Streets Basic Capital Unappro-priated Account No.
             12/31/6903/999 - Bicycle Network.

        C.   THAT the Streets maintenance budget be increased by $500
             without offset, for the maintenance of the traffic circle
             proposed in this design, starting in 1997, and the signal
             maintenance budget be increased by $8,000 without offset, for
             the maintenance of 4 traffic signals proposed in this design,
             starting in 1997.


     The Vancouver Comprehensive Bicycle Plan (1988) and the Clouds of
      Change Report (1990) established the City's policy of promoting and
      encouraging cycling as a transportation alter-native.

     On May 14, 1992, Council approved a City-wide bicycle route network
      with priority given to local street integration, and with the Cypress
      route identified as high priority.

     On October 8, 1992, Council approved the Kitsilano Traffic Plan which
      recommends a bike route be built on Cypress Street as part of the
      Citywide bicycle route network.


   The purpose of this report is to obtain approval for the implementation
   of the Kitsilano portion of the Cypress Street bike route.  Also,
   approval is sought for the preliminary design work and public
   consultation for additional bike routes recently approved as part of the
   1997 Provincial Bicycle Network cost share program.


   In consultation with Kitsilano residents and the Bicycle Network
   Subcommittee of the Bicycle Advisory Committee to Council, a proposal
   for the Kitsilano portion of the Cypress Street bike route was
   developed.  The route follows Cypress Street from the English Bay and
   the Burrard Bridge to 16th Avenue.  This route connects with the
   Off-Broadway Bikeway and the Seaside Bike Route and will eventually
   connect with the proposed 37th Avenue Greenway and S.W. Marine Drive
   bike route.

   It is proposed that some intersections be modified for additional
   comfort and safety for cyclists and that cyclists be given appropriate
   priority along the route.  Traffic calming devices such as diverters and
   traffic circles are recommended to discourage vehicle short-cutting and
   speeding.  Street lighting will be upgraded where necessary.  Pavement
   improvements are also recommended to improve the riding surface. 
   Measures are proposed at arterial street crossings to enhance safe bike
   crossings and a signage system similar to the existing Bikeways will be

   The total cost for the Kitsilano portion of the Cypress Street bike
   route project is estimated at $450,000.  As $130,000 was previously
   approved for preliminary work and $165,000 will be provided by the
   Province, an allocation of $155,000 is being sought.

   Based on support from the Bicycle Advisory Committee, participants at
   the open house, and resident surveys, staff recommend that the proposed
   Kitsilano Portion of the Cypress Street bike route, detailed in this
   report, be approved.

   Approval is also requested for preliminary design work on 37th Avenue
   and Kent Avenue bike routes and three Bikeway Links: Heather Street,
   Nanton/28th Avenues and Lakewood Drive.  This work is estimated to cost
   $50,000.  These projects were recently approved for cost sharing by the
   Provincial Government.

   The additional City cost for all of the above will be funded by the
   Streets Basic Capital unappropriated account set aside for the Bicycle


   After extensive public consultation in 1991 regarding bike route
   facilities, the option of enhanced integration on local streets was the
   preferred option for encouraging more bicycling.  On May 14, 1992,
   Council approved the following recommendation:

        THAT the development of the first trial bike routes along
        local streets be based on the following priorities:

             - Adanac/Union Corridor
             - Broadway Corridor
             - Ontario Corridor
             - Arbutus Corridor

   In pursuit of the foregoing bike routes, Engineering staff has worked
   closely with the Bicycle Advisory Committee to Council and the Bicycle
   Network Subcommittee.  Also, residents and cyclists have been encouraged
   to participate through open houses and surveys.

   The Adanac, Off-Broadway and Ontario Bikeways were opened in 1993, 1994
   and 1995 respectively.  The bikeway along Cypress Street, adjacent to
   the Arbutus Corridor, as proposed in this report, will complete the
   first priority corridors.

   In 1995 the Province announced a two million dollar per year
   cost-sharing program designed to encourage local municipalities to build
   commuter cycling facilities as an alternative to the automobile.  Since
   then the City of Vancouver has applied for and received cost-share
   monies toward cycling projects.


   The recommended Cypress Street bike route design meets the comfort and
   safety needs of cyclists while addressing the impacts on local
   residents.  Affected residents, businesses and schools have been
   surveyed and the majority support the route as detailed herein.  Traffic
   diverting measures are to be installed on a trial basis and will be
   monitored by staff.  Cyclists and residents will be surveyed again after
   this trial period and the results will be reported to Council as

   (a)  Route Alignment and Improvements

        Initially, route alignment was sought along, or adjacent the
        Canadian Pacific Rail Right-of-Way.  The cost of acquiring this
        land and the lack of usable adjacent land or streets negate the use
        of this route at this time.  It is hoped that in the future this
        Right-of-Way can be developed into a Greenway/Bikeway that will
        complement the bike route currently proposed.

        The general route alignment and details are proposed as shown on
        Figure 1. The route is as direct and user-friendly as possible. 
        Some further comments are provided as follows:

         i)  Two traffic diverters and one traffic circle are proposed
             along the route to slow motor vehicles, minimize through
             traffic and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.  All
             traffic calming will allow cyclist, pedestrian and emergency
             vehicle access.

         ii) Miscellaneous pavement upgrades are recommended along the
             route and include repairing potholes, uneven pavement, bumps
             and large cracks.

        iii) Crossing arterial streets will be made easier with
             cyclist-activated signals. An existing signal will be upgraded
             and  four new pedestrian/cyclist signals are proposed.  The
             locations of these measures are shown on figure 1.

         iv) Street lighting improvements along the route are proposed to
             improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and residents. 
             Overhead lighting will be added at some intersections and
             better spacing of lighting will be achieved mid-block, where

          v) Traffic calming on the portion of Cypress Street north of 4th
             Avenue is subject to a separate process, and will therefore be
             reported separately.

   (b)  Neighbourhood Compatibility

        Input regarding this proposal from residents, schools and business
        was gathered through surveys, letters, phone calls, E-mail and an
        open house.  All proposed measures were supported by the majority
        of residents and a summary of the survey results can be found in
        Appendix A.  Overall, 84% of respondents indicated support for
        these types of measures, versus 7% opposed.  Support for individual
        measures ranged from 56% (vs. 28% opposed) to 89%.

        Between Broadway and 16th Avenue the bike route measures were
        combined with a traffic calming plan done for the Arbutus
        Industrial Area.  All measures in this traffic calming plan were
        supported by residents as well and this will be reported to
        Commission shortly.

        As with all bikeways, the route will be monitored and residents and
        cyclists will again be surveyed as to the effectiveness of the bike
        route and its impact on the neigh-bourhood.  Adjustments will be
        made if this route does not meet the needs of cyclists or the

        Existing bikeways generally have been seen by residents as having a
        positive impact on the neighbourhoods traversed by those routes. 
        This is partially because reducing non-local traffic on local
        streets is a shared goal of local residents and the cycling

   (c)  Implementation

        Route improvements would begin immediately and completion of the
        route is expected this Fall with the installation of the new
        pedestrian/cyclist signals.

   (d)  Maintenance

        Elements of the proposed Cypress Street bike route could be
        considered for maintenance levels above those of a normal street. 
        However, due to current budget constraints it is recommended that
        the bicycle route receive the same level of service as would a
        normal street, at no additional cost.  This may require refusing
        some public requests for extraordinary maintenance levels.

        There is one traffic circle proposed and this will be landscaped to
        improve aesthetics and visibility.  There will be an annual
        maintenance cost for repair, landscaping and signage of
        approximately $500.  It is not appropriate to offset these costs
        from other maintenance budgets; therefore, the overall maintenance
        budget should be increased to accommodate the new traffic circle. 
        As an alternative, if resident volunteers can be encouraged to
        adopt the traffic circle and agree to maintain it as per the City's
        traffic circle adoption program, then the cost may be reduced to

        Each of the four cyclist activated signals will incur an annual
        maintenance cost of $2,000, for a total of $8,000.

   (e)  Route Name

        The route was generally called the Arbutus Bicycle Corridor during
        the planning stages.  This name should be reserved for a potential
        future route on the actual rail right of way.  Therefore, several
        alternative route names have been suggested, such as:

             -   Shaughnessy Bikeway
             -   Cypress Bikeway
             -   Cypress-Angus Bikeway
             -   X-press Bikeway

        After discussions with the public and the Bicycle Network
        Subcommittee, it is recommended that the route be named the Cypress

   (f)  Route Signage

        The signage, including route markers, destination signs, and
        brochures, will be similar to those that have been successful along
        the Adanac, Off-Broadway and Ontario Bikeways.  All are based on
        the use of clear, internationally recognized standard symbols with
        a minimum of wording.  The route markers will be placed at one
        block intervals alternating directionally.

        Free brochures for the bike route will be available at City Hall
        and other public areas and will be distributed at cycling related
        events.  They will provide help to users, promote the route and
        reinforce cyclist etiquette.  These will be of leaflet size similar
        to other Bikeway brochures.  Information and maps describing
        Vancouver's cycling program are also available on the Internet
        through the City's home page.


   As described in a February 27, 1996 Council report, the City applied for
   cost-share funding for four cycling-related projects.  Three of these
   projects were recently approved for Provincial cost sharing under the
   Cycling Network Program and they must be completed by March 1997. 
   Preliminary design work and public consultation for cycling improvements
   on 37th Avenue, Kent Avenue, Heather Street, Nanton/28th Avenues and
   Lakewood Drive needs to begin this summer.

   An allocation of $50,000 for the preliminary work is requested now from
   the Basic Capital Account set aside for the Bicycle Network.  The work
   will include public consultation and surveys, traffic counts, geometric
   designs, and preliminary route signing.  This is similar to the work
   required for the start up of the other City Bikeways.

   Sufficient funds to provide the City's matching share for the total cost
   of these projects will be submitted for approval in the next three-year
   capital program.

   The cost breakdowns for the 1997 cost share projects are as follows:

                  Provincial Share      Total         City Share   237th Avenue    $  550,000         $350,000         $200,000
   Kent Avenue        356,000          178,000          178,000
   Bikeway Links      413,000          213,000          200,000

      TOTALS       $1,319,000         $741,000         $578,000


   The cost to implement the Kitsilano portion of the Cypress Street bike
   route is as follows:

     Upgrade existing signal at Cypress/Cornwall                $  10,000 
     Install new cyclist/pedestrian actuated signal at
      Cypress/4th                                                   65,000 
     Install new cyclist/pedestrian actuated signal at
      Cypress/Broadway                                              60,000 
     Install new cyclist/pedestrian actuated signal at
      Cypress/12th                                                  80,000 
     Install new cyclist/pedestrian actuated signal at
      Cypress/16th                                                  70,000 
     One traffic circle                                             5,000 
     Two right-in/right-out diverters                              50,000 
     Street lighting improvements.                                 20,000 
     Route signs                                                   25,000 
     Pavement improvements                                         60,000 
     Brochures, public consultation, advertising, etc.              5,000 


     Previously Approved by Council                             ($130,000)
     Senior Government Cost Share                               ($165,000)
     1997 Provincial Cost-share Program -
     Preliminary Work on New Routes                              $  50,000 

     FUNDING REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.                              $205,000 

   The amounts of $40,000 and $90,000 for preliminary work were approved
   through Council reports dated April 11, 1995 and February 27, 1996,

   The remaining cost of $205,000 is available from the Streets Basic
   Capital Budget allocation for the Bicycle Network (Account No.


   The Network Subcommittee of the Bicycle Advisory Committee fully
   supports the recommendations outlined in this report.


   Information letters and surveys regarding the proposed bike route were
   distributed to approximately 800 households, businesses, schools and
   community associations along the route. Approximately 1,100 letters and
   surveys regarding the bike route and a neighbour-hood traffic plan were
   distributed to residents in the area bounded by Broadway, 16th, Burrard
   and Arbutus.  All deliveries included notification of an open house and
   a survey form to be mailed back or brought to the open house.

   People not living on or adjacent to the route were notified through
   newspaper advertisements and development signs along the route.  The
   detailed survey results and a summary of the comments are located in
   Appendix A.

   Following the completion of the route, follow-up surveys of residents
   and cyclists will be conducted for report to Council, as necessary.

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