Getting Around Metro Vancouver

Businesses, residents and visitors will share the streets every day during the 2010 Winter Games and we will all need to work together to ensure everyone can get around safely and efficiently.TravelSmart by “knowing before you go” and preparing for “business as unusual” will be the key to a successful transportation experience at Games time.

In addition to considerable traffic volumes, your normal route may be affected by temporary road modifications during the Games. These modifications are:

Pedestrian corridors

  • Dedicated routes to safely move large numbers of pedestrians at Games time
  • In place from noon to midnight from February 12 to February 28, 2010
  • Bicycles and pedicabs permitted
  • Vehicle access available between midnight and noon
  • Map is available on the Host City website, accessed through vancouver.ca

Olympic Lanes

  • One lane of traffic (the curb lane) on specific routes will be dedicated to Olympic vehicles
  • Transit vehicles will also use these lanes
  • In place 24 hours a day from February 4 to March 1, 2010
  • Map is available on the Host City website, accessed through vancouver.ca

Road closures

  • Roads immediately adjacent to 2010 Winter Games venues will be closed to the public to permit efficient operations and ensure safety
  • Businesses, organizations and residents located on these roads will continue to have access
  • In place 24 hours a day 

    • Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver: November 1, 2009 (1st Avenue); January 15, 2010 (Quebec Street) to March 1, 2010
    • Main Media Centre: January 27 to March 1, 2010
    • BC Place/Canada Hockey Place: January 4 (Abbott Street); January 29 (Expo and Pacific); February 5 (Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts) to March 1, 2010
    • Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre: January 29 to March 1, 2010
    • Pacific Coliseum: January 29 to March 1, 2010
  • Map of the road closures for the above City of Vancouver venues is available on the Host City website, accessed through vancouver.ca

    • UBC Thunderbird Arena (Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre): closures phased in and out between January 25 and March 21 (Map is available for more detail). This includes the Paralympic Winter Games period.
    • Richmond Olympic Oval: February 2 to March 1, 2010 (Map is available for more detail)

Parking and stopping restrictions

  • To keep traffic moving as efficiently as possible, on street parking will be removed from many streets in Downtown Vancouver. These streets will have “no stopping anytime” restrictions from February 4 to March 1, 2010, including in current designated loading zones. Alternate modes of transportation are strongly encouraged.
  • If you would normally stop in any of these areas, you will need to look for an alternate location. Consider laneways, alleys and the many privately operated parkades in the city.
  • Some additional streets will also have the on street parking removed, but in most of these cases, existing loading zones will be preserved in these specific areas.
  • Map is available on the Host City website, accessed through vancouver.ca

Metro Vancouver bridges

  • There are no planned closures or restrictions on any bridges in Metro Vancouver.
  • The Lions Gate and Ironworkers Memorial bridges will, however be handling significant increases in traffic volumes.
  • Wherever possible, reducing or eliminating trips on these two bridges is requested. If travel is necessary, please use alternate modes, such as transit (including the third SeaBus) or rideshare/carpool, and travel outside peak hours.
  • Olympic Lanes will be in place on the approach to each of these bridges, but will not continue on the bridges themselves.

Off-peak travel times

In Vancouver, off peak travel means coming into downtown before 7 am and leaving by 2 pm; or, for those who want to stay later and enjoy the fun and celebrations, leaving after 7 pm.  For the Sea to Sky corridor, this means travelling before 6am or after 6 pm on the Sea to Sky Highway.

Transportation Alternatives in Metro Vancouver:
Walking, cycling and transit will be the fastest ways to get around during the Games. There will be an increase in traffic and additional parking restrictions throughout Vancouver, and, in particular, the downtown and the areas adjacent to Games venues. It is strongly recommended that you choose a mode other than driving. If you must drive, fill up your car with passengers. Find ride matches at ride-share.com. For more help building your Games travel plan, please visit travelsmart2010.ca.

Walking

  • Vancouver and its surrounding areas are some of the most walkable places to live and visit
  • Based on past Games experience, people tend to walk further and more often during the Games
  • For short distances, particularly downtown, walking will be the fastest way to get around
  • Pedestrian corridors will be fun, safe routes dedicated to moving large numbers of people
  • There will be increased wayfinding and signage to help visitors find their way
  • Walking maps are available on the Host City website, accessed through vancouver.ca

Cycling

  • Cycling will be a faster mode for moderate distances
  • Temporary bike routes will be established in areas affected by road modifications
  • Temporary bike parking will be provided at Games venues and LiveCity celebration sites
  • Bike lockers will be available at all SkyTrain stations, with the exception of Stadium station
  • Try Bike to Work week this November to practice cycling in winter conditions
  • Cycling map is available on the Host City website, accessed through vancouver.ca


Public Transit
When taking transit, give yourself plenty of time and dress appropriately – all Games spectators have access to the transit system as part of their event ticket, so the system will be busy.  Once you are on the system, however, your travel times are very reliable.

The Metro Vancouver transit system will be substantially increased by Games time with many permanent and some temporary enhancements

  • Permanent enhancements

    • Canada Line
    • Additional 48 Sky Train cars on Expo and Millenium lines
    • Third Sea Bus
    • 200 new buses (since 2007)

For more information on public transit in Metro Vancouver, visit travelsmart2010.ca

Rideshare/carpool

  • If driving is a must, fill up your car with passengers. 
  • Go to ride-share.com to offer a ride, or look for a ride. The more people add their ride information to this site, the more matches can be found.
  • Plan for additional travel time.

Getting Around During the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games

The Paralympic Winter Games are a tremendously inspiring, yet smaller scale event. With fewer venues and fewer athletes, the demands on the transportation network are reduced, but travelling smart and “knowing before you go” will still be key.

What will be different from the Olympic Winter Games?

  • Olympic lanes are removed
  • Pedestrian corridors are removed
  • Very limited number of 24 hour parking/stopping restrictions
  • Limited road closures
  • Select transit enhancements

What will be the same as the Olympic Winter Games?

  • Public transit will be included with event ticket and transit is recommended to reach all Metro Vancouver venues

Road closures (limited)

  • UBC Thunderbird Arena (Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre)
  • Vancouver Paralympic Centre
  • Paralympic Village Vancouver
  • BC Place (Opening Ceremonies only)

Dates for the above road closures are being determined.

Transit Service

  • Olympic Line: Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar (connecting Granville Island to the Canada Line)
  • Additional bus service to UBC
  • Additional bus service to BC Place for Opening Ceremonies
  • For more public transit information, please visit travelsmart2010.ca