East McLoughlin Boulevard Safety Improvement Project

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Project Updates

The City is working to understand people's experience with the McLoughlin Area Safety Improvement Project by evaluating the project through summer 2021. We want to hear from you! Here are several ways you can share your thoughts and learn more about the project evaluation:

  • Take the survey
  • Comment on the feedback map using the Places tool below
  • Attend a virtual question & answer (Q&A) session. The project team will host live, virtual Q&A sessions for the project where you can learn more about the evaluation and ask questions. More information on the Q&A sessions is available in the Key Dates section of this web page. To register to attend a session, email mcloughlinsafety@cityofvancouver.us with your name, and please let us know if you need any accommodations. A recording from the Q&A sessions will be available.

Project Background

Vancouver City Council has identified East McLoughlin Boulevard between Reserve Street and Brandt Road as a priority corridor for safety improvements for all users in the City’s Strategic Plan and its Complete Streets Policy.

In summer 2019, the City made the following improvements on East McLoughlin Boulevard between Reserve Street and Brandt Road in central Vancouver:

Added buffered bike lanes to McLoughlin Boulevard between Reserve Street and Grand Boulevard

Preserved existing sharrows, or shared lane bicycle markings, on McLoughlin Boulevard between Grand Boulevard and Brandt Road

Added speed cushions (similar to speed bumps) to McLoughlin Boulevard between Reserve Street and Brandt Road

Added two enhanced pedestrian crossings to McLoughlin Boulevard at 32nd Avenue and 13th Street, with flashing lights that are activated when you push a button to cross the street

These improvements are intended to reduce speeding and collisions on McLoughlin Boulevard and to make the street safer and feel more comfortable for people who bike, walk, and take C-TRAN. They were developed thanks to community feedback received in 2018.

The speed cushions and enhanced pedestrian crossings are permanent additions. The buffered bike lanes and bicycle sharrows are part of a pilot project that the City will be evaluating to determine whether the pilot project has been effective. Based on the results of this evaluation, the City will then decide whether the protected bike lanes and sharrows should remain the same, change, or be removed.

This evaluation will include traffic counts for people walking, biking, and driving; parking use studies; and feedback from people living and traveling in the area.

The City will also coordinate with community stakeholders such as the Washington State School for the Blind, neighborhood associations, C-TRAN, the post office, and others to better understand their experience with the pilot project.

Please use the public engagement tools below to provide feedback to the City on pilot project improvements (the buffered bike lanes and bicycle sharrows).

You can learn more about the project background and sign up to receive email updates on the project website.

Project Updates

The City is working to understand people's experience with the McLoughlin Area Safety Improvement Project by evaluating the project through summer 2021. We want to hear from you! Here are several ways you can share your thoughts and learn more about the project evaluation:

  • Take the survey
  • Comment on the feedback map using the Places tool below
  • Attend a virtual question & answer (Q&A) session. The project team will host live, virtual Q&A sessions for the project where you can learn more about the evaluation and ask questions. More information on the Q&A sessions is available in the Key Dates section of this web page. To register to attend a session, email mcloughlinsafety@cityofvancouver.us with your name, and please let us know if you need any accommodations. A recording from the Q&A sessions will be available.

Project Background

Vancouver City Council has identified East McLoughlin Boulevard between Reserve Street and Brandt Road as a priority corridor for safety improvements for all users in the City’s Strategic Plan and its Complete Streets Policy.

In summer 2019, the City made the following improvements on East McLoughlin Boulevard between Reserve Street and Brandt Road in central Vancouver:

Added buffered bike lanes to McLoughlin Boulevard between Reserve Street and Grand Boulevard

Preserved existing sharrows, or shared lane bicycle markings, on McLoughlin Boulevard between Grand Boulevard and Brandt Road

Added speed cushions (similar to speed bumps) to McLoughlin Boulevard between Reserve Street and Brandt Road

Added two enhanced pedestrian crossings to McLoughlin Boulevard at 32nd Avenue and 13th Street, with flashing lights that are activated when you push a button to cross the street

These improvements are intended to reduce speeding and collisions on McLoughlin Boulevard and to make the street safer and feel more comfortable for people who bike, walk, and take C-TRAN. They were developed thanks to community feedback received in 2018.

The speed cushions and enhanced pedestrian crossings are permanent additions. The buffered bike lanes and bicycle sharrows are part of a pilot project that the City will be evaluating to determine whether the pilot project has been effective. Based on the results of this evaluation, the City will then decide whether the protected bike lanes and sharrows should remain the same, change, or be removed.

This evaluation will include traffic counts for people walking, biking, and driving; parking use studies; and feedback from people living and traveling in the area.

The City will also coordinate with community stakeholders such as the Washington State School for the Blind, neighborhood associations, C-TRAN, the post office, and others to better understand their experience with the pilot project.

Please use the public engagement tools below to provide feedback to the City on pilot project improvements (the buffered bike lanes and bicycle sharrows).

You can learn more about the project background and sign up to receive email updates on the project website.

Share Your Story

This is the place where you can share your own personal story about living and/or traveling on McLoughlin Boulevard with the buffered bike lanes and bicycle sharrows. What do you like? What frustrates you?

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    Your neighbor; living, working, walking here more than 20 years

    by D Ruggles, 16 days ago

    Thank you for working to create a safer, more inclusive Vancouver.

    I like the saying "we are all pedestrians." Complete Streets, Place Making, Livability context measures, mixed use, grid vs arterial, etc, all embrace this notion, and I heartily applaud and encourage this. There are humane, healthy and economic reasons to implement these. Creating safe and welcoming places for people of all ages and mobilites is the hallmark of a genuinely inclusive city and no city can call itself inclusive without this.

    I walk all year round and there is not question that walking is a much more effective way... Continue reading

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    McLoughlin "Improvements

    by Street Watcher, 7 months ago

    McLoughlin Blvd. is so user unfriendly that most people are trying to figure out some other ways to get home using alternative streets. I see way less traffic because I think everyone is frustrated by the uneven speed bumps. I guess it causes those few people to slow down because they are so afraid of them. I've followed people who slow down to about 12 mph going over them and the bumps are so close together. I usually drive down Mill Plain and turn on Grand just to avoid the lion's share of those ugly bumps.

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    Failing Grade

    by DowntownCouver, 8 months ago

    So I just drove the McLoughlin project area for the first time. Here are my impressions:

    1. It seems the city has inexplicably targeted McLoughlin on the wrong side of Reserve for these "improvements". McLoughlin east of Reserve has some natural traffic calming features, west of Reserve not so much.

    2. The design incorporates bizarre features, like speed humps in uphill portions of bike lane, and bus stops that block the bike lane. Scary, painful, and dangerous.

    3. Overall, it seems less safe for cyclists than it was before, and unnecessarily tough for drivers. And what about the sidewalks? They... Continue reading

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