Gastown’s Water Street could go “car-light”


Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers might agree that Gastown can be hard to navigate at times. Vancouver’s historic neighbourhood may have the charming cobblestone, chic boutiques, and popular cafes and watering holes, but sometimes traffic can get ridiculous.

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Gastown streets (Cliffano Subagio/Flickr)

So the City of Vancouver is looking into making Water Street “car-light,” and reducing the amount of cars permitted.

“Water Street was identified in the Downtown Eastside Plan and Transportation 2040 as a potential car-light street and as a missing link within the east-west bike network,” explains the City of Vancouver.

The City has been taking the temperature of people who live, work, and hang out in Gastown to see what they think about the idea, logging feedback on how people get around and through the area, and also what they’d like to see in the future.

“Any car-light area will need to balance mobility and access needs for local businesses, residents and visitors with the desire to create an interesting and welcoming place for people to be,” the City adds.

Let’s not forget we have to make sure everyone has access to our riveting star attraction Steam Clock, which is located at 305 Water Street.

Have thoughts on this subject? The City will be taking more input through the month of October. Take a survey through the Talk Vancouver web portal, or join an engagement session happening Saturday, October 21 in Gastown.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom