Earlier this week, the City of Vancouver announced a plan to study the possibility of turning Water Street in Gastown into a permanent car-free zone. The plan would see traffic diverted off Powell Street and onto Hastings, and builds on the city’s Transportation 2040 framework.
The goals of the plan include:
- Celebrate and acknowledge the complex history of Gastown and work towards reconciliation
- Explore Vancouver’s first car-light or pedestrian priority area
- Address a major gap in the all ages and abilities cycling network
- Enhance transit service for bus and future streetcar