About this project

The City of Burnaby has conducted a traffic calming study to assess opportunities to improve travel safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in the Burnaby Heights/Capitol Hill neighbourhood.

We understand there is a history of traffic and safety concerns among the residents in the study area and some traffic calming measures were implemented previously to begin addressing these concerns. To further improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, this study explored ways to build on the existing traffic calming measures to address the remaining traffic and safety concerns in the study area.

Following a comprehensive study and considering valuable public feedback, City Council made the decision to permanently close three side streets (Gamma Avenue, Beta Avenue and the laneway ) south of Penzance Drive. These three side streets will be closed to general vehicle traffic while maintaining emergency vehicle access.

Traffic calming updates in the study area enhance accessibility and foster healthier and more sustainable modes of transportation, such as walking, rolling and cycling to align with the Connecting Burnaby, Burnaby Transportation Plan and the City’s Climate Action Framework.

Project engagement phases

We recognize the importance of genuine and meaningful public engagement and have reviewed feedback gathered through public engagement alongside the results of technical analyses. This data was used by the project team to inform the development of potential recommendations to improve safety for all road users.

Thank you to all who participated in Phase 1 and Phase 2 public engagement. We heard from over 1,100 local residents, business operators, elementary school staff and guardians and others about their experiences and ideas to improve the study area in Phase 1, which took place in April 2022.

In Phase 2 in June 2022, we hosted 2 public pop-up information sessions and conducted an online survey seeking community feedback. More than 100 local residents provided their comments on the identified traffic and road safety issues as well as the preliminary traffic calming measure recommendations at the pop-up events, and we received responses from 200 people via the online survey.

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