FES Speaker Series: Accessible Design meets Protected Bike Lanes: Creating a “Hospital Zone” Complete Street on the 10th Ave Bike Route in Vancouver, BC
Dylan Passmore is a Senior Transportation Design “Plangineer” with the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Design Branch. Over his career in the public and private sectors he has focused on pedestrian and bike infrastructure design, universal design, transportation planning and policy research, and contemporary approaches to street design. Currently, Dylan is leading a handful of corridor design projects for the City of Vancouver and he has also led several active transportation projects across southern Ontario, British Columbia, and in Rio de Janeiro and Florianópolis, Brazil.
Accessible Design meets Protected Bike Lanes: Creating a “Hospital Zone” Complete Street on the 10th Ave Bike Route in Vancouver, BC
The five blocks of Vancouver’s 10th Avenue between Cambie and Oak Streets serve as a critical access point for Vancouver General Hospital and handful of other regional health institutions. The street is squeezed into a 66′ public right-of-way that is busy with a hectic Emergency Department entrance; hospital deliveries; passenger loading zones; many pedestrians, particularly patients who are often seniors or pedestrians with limited mobility and/or vision; and saturated on- and off-street parking. It is also the second busiest bicycle boulevard in the city and contains many large mature trees. For over a decade the City had identified this as a problem area, but struggled to advance a design solution. Through an extensive and emotional 3-year engagement process that started in 2014, City staff worked closely with stakeholders to develop a “complete street” design that resulted in a wide array of features aimed at improving conditions for all street users. This is a rather complex transportation case study that offers a detailed look at the realities of “complete street” design work, and the intersection of accessible design and protected bike lanes.