Vancouver's 'Slow Streets' program will repurpose 50 kilometers of residential streets to give pedestrians and cyclists room to move safely. The plan also includes repurposing parking space and travel lanes on arterial roads to support physical distancing and important travel connections; widening sidewalks for queuing at businesses by repurposing curb lanes; and creating short-term loading and pick-up zones near businesses with high turnover and increased curbside needs. Initial 'Slow Streets' locations have been planned along residential streets based on several factors, including traffic volumes, signalized crossings at busier streets, equity and access to greenspace, nearby parks, and community amenities. The city is collecting feedback from local residents on the program and improvements that can be made.
Vancouver is also expediting the permitting process for outdoor patios and restaurants in order to give people the room they need to resume some of their normal activities.