Quayside Drive Parking Study

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Click here to complete the survey and provide feedback on the proposed parking management options and on the Quayside Drive speed humps.

Open house

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - River Market (2nd Floor) | 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Quayside Drive is a densely populated neighbourhood located within easy walking distance of downtown New Westminster, SkyTrain, and other frequent transit services. Because there are not many streets in the neighbourhood, there is relatively little space for on street parking.

City staff have heard a number of issues raised by community members:

• Construction workers and SkyTrain commuters parked on Quayside Drive for long periods
• Insufficient supply of on-street parking
• Inefficient use of on-street space (people park too far apart)
• Bus stops inefficiently located

What We Found

A summary of the key findings from recent parking surveys are:

• There are approximately 198 on-street parking spaces with the peak occupancy (86%) occurring on weekday evenings.
• It is estimated that approximately 20-35% of the on-street vehicles belong to residents.
• Peak visitor parking (within accessible parkades) was observed on Saturday afternoon, at 55% occupancy on average. It is unclear whether visitors are resorting to on-street parking instead.
• Time spent parked appears to have increased significantly (by up to 69%) since 2001. This may suggest more commuters and local workers are parking on Quayside Drive.

Speed humps

In spring 2018, Metro Vancouver installed temporary speed humps on Quayside Drive as a measure to mitigate potential traffic impacts from their recent utility work on Columbia Street and Front Street. Traffic data collected after their installation indicate that speeds have somewhat decreased compared to traffic speeds before their installation. Extreme speeding (>70 km/h) has declined significantly. If the neighbourhood supports them, the City would replace the temporary speed humps with permanent ones based on the City’s standard design.


Why can’t the City provide more parking?

• Driveways, crosswalks, hydrants, bus stops, and railway crossings take curb space – there are legal and safety requirements for these clearances
• The City’s Master Transportation Plan prioritizes walking, cycling, and transit over private motor vehicles, so our street space will be designed and allocated accordingly. For example, City policy does not support eliminating bus stops to create more parking.

How can residents help alleviate parking issues on Quayside Drive?

• Park your own vehicle(s) underground
• Encourage your visitors to park in designated visitor parking
• Store recreational or lightly-used vehicles elsewhere
• Consider matching vehicle ownership to the amount of parking you are allocated with your home
• Consider car share to reduce the total number of vehicles that need to be stored