Request sidewalk and street improvements

We work to identify the streets and sidewalks that most need improvements, and have several ways of allocating funding for those priorities.

Here is a list of the typical improvements we do — either on our own or by partnering with residents — along with the details of how to request them.

New sidewalk

We build sidewalks according to the priorities identified in the Council-approved Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan priortizes new sidewalks based on a number of factors, including how much use the sidewalk would get, and whether it helps make better pedestrian connections.

Typical costs of new sidewalks

If your street has not been identified as a priority for a new sidewalk, you can still request one under the Local Improvement Program (LIP).

Under LIP, you can submit a petition to Council for a new sidewalk. If Council adopts your sidewalk proposal, the construction costs are shared among the owners of the lots that abut the sidewalk, and/or the owners who benefit from it. The District may cover the costs associated with administering the LIP request.

How to request a sidewalk

If you are thinking of requesting a sidewalk for your neighbourhood, please talk to your neighbours before you talk to us. You will require support from 50% of the residents on your street before your request can be considered.

Submit your request in writing to eng@dnv.org, and include: 

  • the location where you would like the sidewalk
  • the reasons for your request
  • whether your neighbours support your request
  • your contact information

Once staff reviews your request, they will follow up with information on how to proceed.

Has your neighbourhood already been prioritized for sidewalks?

Our Pedestrian Master Plan is helping us improve conditions for pedestrians, and promote walking as a safe and sustainable form of transportation.

As part of the plan, we have developed a system for prioritizing our sidewalk network, ranking sidewalks in order of where they are most critically needed. To see how sidewalks in your area have been prioritized, check the map on page 63 of the Master Plan document.

Download the Pedestrian Master Plan

Ready to get started?

Mail your written request to the Transportation Department at District Hall, or email it to eng@dnv.org 

Traffic calming

We work with neighbourhoods to reduce the negative impacts of cars and improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists on local and collector streets, and in lanes. 

We do this by using 'traffic calming' techniques, which are physical alterations to streets, including: 

  • speed humps and raised intersections
  • parking restrictions
  • narrowed pavement widths
  • entrance features, such as signs and pavement surfaces
  • route changes, such as closures and turn restrictions

Traffic calming falls under our Local Improvement Program (LIP) and is funded by residents.

How to request traffic calming

If you are thinking of requesting traffic calming for your neighbourhood, please talk to your neighbours before you talk to us. You will require support from two-thirds of the people who will benefit from the traffic calming measure before your request can be considered.

Submit your request in writing to the Transportation Planning department, and include: 

  • the location where you would like the traffic calming
  • the reasons for your request
  • whether your neighbours support your request
  • your contact information

Once staff reviews your request, they will follow up with information on how to proceed.

Get more information

Review the District's traffic calming policy

Ready to get started?

Mail your written request to the Transportation Department at District Hall, or email it to eng@dnv.org 

New street sign or traffic light

There are a number of tools we can use to improve traffic flow or visibility. 

These include:

  • stop signs
  • traffic lights
  • neighbourhood signs
  • street name signs

How to request a street sign or traffic light

Submit your request in writing to the Transportation Engineering department, and include:

  • the location where you would like the sign or traffic light
  • the reasons for your request
  • your contact information

Once staff reviews your request, they will follow up with information on how to proceed.

Some requests may fall under the Local Improvement Program (LIP). Please review our traffic calming policy before you submit your request.

Get more information

Review the traffic calming policy

Review our Transportation Plan

Ready to get started?

Mail your written request to the Transportation Department at District Hall, or email it to eng@dnv.org 

New crosswalk or safety upgrades

Every year, we receive requests for new crosswalks. We have several ways to determine which locations require crosswalks, and to allocate funding.

How to request a new crosswalk 

Submit your request in writing to the Transportation Engineering department, and include:

  • the location where you would like the crosswalk
  • the reasons for your request
  • your contact information

Once staff reviews your request, they will follow up with information on how to proceed.

Planned high priority improvements

Location Improvements planned Status Year planned
Mountain Highway at E. 15th Street Special crosswalk Proposed 2017/2018
Indian River Drive at Inlet Crescent Rectangular flashing beacons Proposed 2016/2017
Mount Seymour Road at Banff Court Rectangular flashing beacons Scheduled 2016/2017
Mount Seymour Road at Parkgate Mall Driveway Rectangular flashing beacons Scheduled 2016/2017
Highland Blvd at Belmont Avenue Curb bulges or refuge median Proposed 2016/2017
Del Rio Avenue and W. Queens Road Special crosswalk Scheduled  2016

Recent pedestrian crosswalk upgrades

Location Improvement Date
Capilano Road at Paisley Road Pedestrian signal 2016
Hendry Avenue at E. 13th Street Crosswalk with side mounted signs 2016
Dempsey Road at Underwood Avenue Crosswalk with side mounted signs 2016
Mahon Avenue at W. Windsor Road Crosswalk with side mounted signs 2016
Berkley Avenue at Sechelt Drive Crosswalk with side mounted signs 2016
Kirkstone Road at Rufus Drive Improved lighting and rectangular rapid flash beacon 2015
Montroyal Boulevard at Shirley Avenue Rectangular rapid flash beacon 2015
Montroyal Boulevard at Cliffridge Avenue Rectangular rapid flash beacon 2015
Mount Seymour Parkway at Fairway Drive Special crosswalk 2015

Other improvements we are considering

Location Improvement
West Queens Road at Mahon Avenue Curb bulges
West Queens Road at Stanley Avenue Curb bulges 

Get more information

Review the Transportation Plan

Ready to get started?

Mail your written request to the Transportation Department at District Hall, or email it to eng@dnv.org 

Bicycle lane

Establishing a more complete cycling network is a long-term goal. Each year we invest in cycling infrastructure, which in turn attracts matching grant funding from Translink and the Province.

How we plan new routes

New bicycle routes and improvements have been identified in our Transportation Plan, following substantial research and public input.

Because our focus is on implementing the comprehensive plan that will improve District-wide cycling connections, we are not able to accommodate individual requests for new bicycle lanes on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about our work to improve the cycling network

Would you like to know more?

If you're interested in discussing bike lanes in the District further, please get in touch:

eng@dnv.org

Streetlights

We work with residents and neighbourhoods to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians by maintaining streetlights throughout our municipality.

If there is a utility pole directly in front of or behind your residence, we may be able to install a streetlight at no direct cost to you. If there is no utility pole nearby, you may request a new streetlight installation through the Local Improvement Program (LIP). In this case, the cost for design or installation would be shared by both the property owners and the District.

How to request a streetlight

If you are thinking of requesting a streetlight for your neighbourhood, please talk to your neighbours before you talk to us. You will require support from two-thirds of the people who will benefit from the traffic calming measure before your request can be considered.

Submit your request in writing to the Transportation Engineering department, and include:

  • the location where you would like the streetlight
  • the reasons for your request
  • your contact information

Once staff reviews your request, they will follow up with information on how to proceed.

Note that BC Hydro and the District  no longer install shields on existing streetlights, as these will be phased out over the coming years.

Ready to get started?

Mail your written request to the Transportation Department at District Hall, or email it to eng@dnv.org