The Downtown is a unique neighbourhood within the City. It functions as the economic, cultural, historic and residential hub of New Westminster. Downtown’s central location within the region and its broad range of transportation choices provide unique challenges and opportunities for how people move within and through the community.
On June 22, staff presented the Downtown Transportation Plan: Key Directions and Implementation Plan to Council providing an update on the program including key directions of the upcoming Plan.
The presentation and accompanying information report outlined:
- Proposed Cycling Network
- Agnes Greenway design, changes to access and circulation
- Eighth Street Complete Street concept
- Direction on multi-modal hubs
- Priorities for access to curb space, and
- Additional implications that are of note within the upcoming Plan
The report included potential implementation of various elements of the Plan including which measures would be near term, medium term, and longer term, as well as items that could be done in the coming months.
Following the presentation, staff are continuing a final round of engagements with key stakeholders in preparation of submit the complete Downtown Transportation Plan for Council consideration in late August 2020.
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The City is embarking on the Downtown Transportation Plan to address safety, livability and connectivity in the community. The strategic plan, including a design for the future Agnes Street Greenway, updated Bicycle Network for the Downtown, and key directions for all transportation networks within the neighbourhood.
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Public Engagement Process
Three phases of engagement are planned to connect with the community to help shape how people move around the neighbourhood. The work kicked off in November 2017 and will run into mid-2020.
The first public workshop was held on November 28, 2017 to gather insights on walking, cycling, transit and vehicle travel in and through the Downtown neighbourhood. Over 60 people participated during the session.
The second public workshop was held on June 19, 2018 which identified recommended networks for all modes of travel, potential measures to address key issues, and design ideas for the future Agnes Greenway. Over 70 people attended the session and provided feedback and comments back to staff.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic response, Phase 3 engagement public event (scheduled for the Spring) was put on hold. Based on initial response to the emerging directions by the Downtown Transportation Plan Working Group and key stakeholders, staff made the decision to move forward with the remaining steps of the planning process. The Key Directions and Implementation Plan presentation and information report is being presented to Council in June. After a final round of review and input from key stakeholder groups, the complete Downtown Transportation Plan will be submitted for Council consideration in July 2020.
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