St Andrews Safety Improvements Project

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Update - October 2021:

This summer, we reached out to the community with a proposed design for safety improvements along St Andrews between Keith Road and 13th Street. This section of St Andrews is a wide, local street that is well used by pedestrians, a designated bike route and an important connection to the Green Necklace, Lions Gate Hospital, Ridgeway Elementary School and other local amenities.


What We Heard

During the consultation process, we heard from many of you about how you travel along St Andrews and what safety improvements you felt were most important. The most common theme we heard was that excess vehicle speed is a concern.

We also received feedback on the proposed design, which included overall support for raised crossings, modifying the roadway to support slower speeds, and using the remaining road space for mobility lanes. The main concerns we heard were related to loss of street parking and not enough separation between the proposed northbound mobility lane and vehicle traffic. For more information, review the Phase 1 Summary and the Phase 2 Summary.

During the consultation process, we received several recurring questions about the project. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.


Revised Design

After reviewing all the feedback, we’ve adjusted the proposed design to retain as much street parking as possible.

Changes have not been made to the mobility lane as the proposed design aligns with provincial and regional guidelines for a local street.

The revised design for St Andrews is shown below. Once complete, this section of St Andrews will include the following safety improvements:

  • Two raised crosswalks at intersections with high pedestrian volume
  • Northbound mobility lane
  • Narrower vehicle travel lanes
  • Improved sightlines at intersections

Section: 13th to 11th

Section: 11th to 9th

Section: 9th to Keith

9th-Keith - click to view larger

Construction Schedule

Construction for the project will occur in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in late October and take approximately one month to complete. This work will include installation of two raised crosswalks located on the north side of 9th Street and St Andrews and the south side of 8th Street and St Andrews.

Phase 2 includes narrowing of the road and installation of the mobility lanes. Due to a road paint shortage that is currently affecting North America, this work will occur in 2022. Area residents will be notified by mail before Phase 2 construction work begins.


Sidewalk Infill and Street Trees

Sidewalks are currently being installed along the east side of St Andrews to fill in the gaps where they are missing. This work is part of the City’s annual sidewalk construction program to improve walkability and pedestrian safety in the City. The anticipated completion date for this work is late November.

We're designing the traffic calming measures and installing the sidewalk in a way that allows for street trees in the boulevard. Street trees will be planted along both sides of the 1200-block of St Andrews in November. The remaining blocks will be planted in future planting seasons.


Update - October 2021:

This summer, we reached out to the community with a proposed design for safety improvements along St Andrews between Keith Road and 13th Street. This section of St Andrews is a wide, local street that is well used by pedestrians, a designated bike route and an important connection to the Green Necklace, Lions Gate Hospital, Ridgeway Elementary School and other local amenities.


What We Heard

During the consultation process, we heard from many of you about how you travel along St Andrews and what safety improvements you felt were most important. The most common theme we heard was that excess vehicle speed is a concern.

We also received feedback on the proposed design, which included overall support for raised crossings, modifying the roadway to support slower speeds, and using the remaining road space for mobility lanes. The main concerns we heard were related to loss of street parking and not enough separation between the proposed northbound mobility lane and vehicle traffic. For more information, review the Phase 1 Summary and the Phase 2 Summary.

During the consultation process, we received several recurring questions about the project. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.


Revised Design

After reviewing all the feedback, we’ve adjusted the proposed design to retain as much street parking as possible.

Changes have not been made to the mobility lane as the proposed design aligns with provincial and regional guidelines for a local street.

The revised design for St Andrews is shown below. Once complete, this section of St Andrews will include the following safety improvements:

  • Two raised crosswalks at intersections with high pedestrian volume
  • Northbound mobility lane
  • Narrower vehicle travel lanes
  • Improved sightlines at intersections

Section: 13th to 11th

Section: 11th to 9th

Section: 9th to Keith

9th-Keith - click to view larger

Construction Schedule

Construction for the project will occur in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in late October and take approximately one month to complete. This work will include installation of two raised crosswalks located on the north side of 9th Street and St Andrews and the south side of 8th Street and St Andrews.

Phase 2 includes narrowing of the road and installation of the mobility lanes. Due to a road paint shortage that is currently affecting North America, this work will occur in 2022. Area residents will be notified by mail before Phase 2 construction work begins.


Sidewalk Infill and Street Trees

Sidewalks are currently being installed along the east side of St Andrews to fill in the gaps where they are missing. This work is part of the City’s annual sidewalk construction program to improve walkability and pedestrian safety in the City. The anticipated completion date for this work is late November.

We're designing the traffic calming measures and installing the sidewalk in a way that allows for street trees in the boulevard. Street trees will be planted along both sides of the 1200-block of St Andrews in November. The remaining blocks will be planted in future planting seasons.


Tell Us Your Story

We’d like to hear about your experience with the speed, safety and comfort on St Andrews. We want to hear from all voices – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and people with mobility aids.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Narrowing of St. Andrews Avenue

    by North Shore Resident, 8 months ago

    My family and I have lived on 8th and St. Andrews, in this amazing neighbourhood, for many years. It’s great that the speed for St. Andrews has been reduced to 30km/h but the width of the street needs to be addressed. Having such a wide residential street, it allows for hurried vehicles lots of room to move around and pass slower cars and bicycles daily; freely accelerating between Keith Rd. and 13th without needing to come to a complete stop for 5 long, wide blocks. Narrowing the street would stop the dangerous zigzagging of cars. You can do... Continue reading

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    Only What YOU Want

    by winbig007, 8 months ago
    I can see that your "monitoring" of the messages allows for only people that like what you're doing. You won't allow for my comments. Very authoritarian of you! This program of "improving safety" is nonsense and must not only be stopped, but reversed. You are destroying our City with making it more difficult to get around!
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    Make it a quiet & safe neighbourhood street

    by seaotter, 8 months ago
    I regularly bike along this stretch of St. Andrew's and sometimes walk here. It would be a nice street if there was less traffic and cars would go more slowly. Drivers often try to pass bikes before the traffic circles when it's not safe to pass. It is especially an issue going downhill as many drivers don't seem to understand cycling speeds and will cut me off at the traffic circles, which can be quite dangerous.


    The traffic diversion at 13th has helped a bit, but there are still too many cars on St Andrew's and because the street is... Continue reading

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    Fast cars

    by Josie, 8 months ago

    Thank you for putting in the 30kmph on St Andrews and cross streets. It has helped a bit. Where it is really bad though is while travelling down St. Andrews to cross at Keith Road to turn east or west. The traffic on Keith has become soooo fast that it has become dangerous. During high traffic times it can be very hard to find a safe time to cross because of their speed... cars going both east and west on Keith. Please put in a slower speed limit on Keith as well. For residents walking and in cars this could... Continue reading

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    Love it

    by KL, 8 months ago
    I am a car driver. Thanks to COVID I’m experimenting with other types of transportation. Doing tons of walking and riding my bike as well. If it takes more time to get somewhere by car because we are making our streets safer for pedestrians and bikers, and calming speedy drivers in neighborhoods, I’m good with that.

    Driving is a privilege, not a right and it should be excepted that it should be somewhat of an inconvenience. Perhaps it will force some to choose other types of transportation more often, when they can, leave more time to get places, be more... Continue reading

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    Great initiative! Traffic calming & active transport priority please

    by bradyCNVcyclist, 8 months ago

    I live nearby and my young family frequently walks, bikes and occasionally drives to this area to visit Welcome Parlour & the coffee shop, as well as just recreational travel between Spirit Trail and Green Necklace. I'm often biking with my 1.5 year old daughter on the back, so extra cautious and aware of the risks of mingling with fast-moving vehicles.


    The 30 km/hr speed limit is a great first step, thanks. But further traffic calming such as speed bumps, barriers, and re-routes (see Vancouver's approach in many neighborhoods to dissuade fast moving through-traffic in calm residential areas) should be... Continue reading

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    Horrible Ideas Destroying Mobility

    by winbig007, 8 months ago
    Shutting down St. Andrews to vehicle traffic last summer was a horrible idea that takes away from the ability for people to get efficiently around the City. This Healthy Streets (Open Streets, Vision Zero, Safe Mobility) must be stopped. The money being spent is a complete waste & taxes are through the roof. It's time to stop these completely unnecessary assaults' and changes to our streets. You've destroyed our ability move through the City already. NO MORE!
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    Higher Speeds

    by erica lamoureux, 8 months ago

    I am a student in a local school and I believe safety is important in terms of sidewalks because it keeps pedestrians off the street. Saying this I think we should raise the speed limit because 30 km/h is very slow and it's hard to get anywhere on time with that speed. The streets are much more safe with the sidewalks in place and since the street is wide the pedestrians are even further from the cars than before giving them extra safety. I think a good speed limit is 40 Km/h. This speed should be okay because there are... Continue reading

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    St Andrew ave changes

    by Student598, 8 months ago

    To whom this may concern,


    I am a student at a local school named Alcuin College. I think that the construction of the second sidewalk is vital. I think this because sometimes single sidewalks become congested making it difficult to socially distance and having a second sidewalk would make walking on this road more convenient. The lowering of the speed limit may be very controversial, but I think that it would make the neighborhood safer. I think this because there are many children in this area, as there are two schools and a park near St Andrews avenue, therefore this... Continue reading

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    Safety on St. Andrews

    by Colestudent, 8 months ago

    I support the idea of changing St. Andrews to increase public safety. I am a student at Alcuin College, I have found the drivers along St. Andrews within the proposed area along 8th and 9th to drive above the speed limit. I have nearly been in an accident as a pedestrian with a speeding vehicle along this street. The roundabout near Sam Walker Park is effective but often cars come through this area quickly thus endangering those walking away from Andrews On 8th Cafe. As such I do support decreasing the speed along St. Andrews. This could be accomplished through... Continue reading

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