Vancouver’s Seawall path is one of the most heavily used urban pathways in North America. The 22-kilometre-long path follows the waterfront around the entire downtown peninsula and into the Kitsilano neighbourhood, and offers spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains. The path is an iconic feature of Vancouver and is heavily used by a wide range of non-motorized traffic for both recreational and utilitarian trips. Newer segments of the path offer two 4.5-metre-wide separated paths to serve pedestrians and cyclists. Older segments of the path meanwhile can have an effective width of less than 4 metres, leading to conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists.
As part of a team, Alta undertook a comprehensive evaluation of conflicts that occurred on an older segment of the path between Cambie and Burrard Street Bridges. Information gathered through the conflict study was used to assess capacity, safety, and functionality and to develop a conceptual design that allowed decision makers to prioritize improvements along the path to better serve current and future users. Once upgrades are complete, the path will provide a comfortable safe and efficient travel option for multiple users, modes and trip purposes.