McGillivray Boulevard Safety and Mobility Project
The project is exploring ways to make McGillivray Boulevard safer and more comfortable for everyone to travel between SE Chkalov Drive/SE 7th Street and SE 164th Avenue by:
- Evaluating how McGillivray Boulevard can better meet the needs of people walking, biking, using a mobility device, and driving.
- Exploring opportunities and examining tradeoffs to improve safety on the corridor ahead of planned pavement work.
McGillivray Boulevard is part of the major east-west corridor of the City’s transportation network, connecting SE 34th Street, McArthur Blvd, and McLoughlin Blvd.
Proposed Design Elements
The design options for the corridor are informed by what we’re hearing from the community and stakeholders, as well as evaluation by our technical team.
To review and provide input on the draft design options, visit the project’s Be Heard Vancouver page.
Community input was used to develop project goals. During Phase 1, community members were asked to share how they use McGillivray Boulevard today, how they would like to use it in the future, and where they experience challenges when traveling on the corridor.
The project goals are:
- Lower vehicle travel speeds on the corridor to improve safety for all users regardless of how they travel and to reduce cut-through traffic to support the local road context.
- Make the corridor safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, roll, use small mobility devices, and access transit.
- Improve safety and comfort at intersections and crossings on the corridor.
In Phase 2, which focuses on developing design options, these goals will be used to evaluate how well different design options address the issues identified by community members in addition to the traffic analysis conducted.
The project evaluated how McGillivray Boulevard could better meet the needs of people walking, biking, using a mobility device, accessing transit, and driving. Community engagement and analysis of the corridor has helped us to understand what the conditions and concerns are for users of the corridor and the safety and mobility improvement recommendations to be implemented.
The McGillivray Boulevard Safety and Mobility Project began in Fall 2022 and is expected to conclude in Fall 2023.
Phase 1: Analyze the Corridor: The project team will evaluate how McGillivray Boulevard currently operates and is used by all users and modes by:
- Collecting traffic counts, on-street parking occupancy rates, and collision data along the corridor
- Analyzing how safe and comfortable existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities are for people of all ages and abilities and identifying gaps in these facilities
- Analyzing delay experienced by drivers at key intersections along the corridor and how long it takes to drive the corridor during morning and evening commute times
- Analyzing how easy it is for people to walk, bike, or use other small mobility devices to travel to key destinations along the corridor, including parks and schools
- Engaging with key stakeholders and community members to understand how they use corridor to travel and existing barriers to traveling on the corridor
Phase 2: Develop Options: The project team will use information gathered during the first phase of the study to:
- Develop a framework and set of goals that will be used to align proposed improvements with community needs and desires
- Develop a set of options that would make it safer and more comfortable to travel on McGillivray Boulevard
- Evaluate using the framework how the options align with the study goals
- Evaluate using the framework how the options will change the experience for people driving, biking, walking or using a mobility device on McGillivray Boulevard
- Engage with key stakeholders and community members to gather feedback on set of options
Phase 3: Design Improvements: Based on the feedback gathered during the first two phases of the project, a preferred option will be selected. Following selection of a preferred option, the project team will:
- Share the proposed design with key stakeholders and the community to gather feedback and identify any additional improvements that may be needed to achieve the project goals
- Prepare Design Plans to be included with the pavement project