Agnes Street Greenway

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Project Update - February 2021

We are currently seeking feedback on the interim greenway. Please take our community survey to share your feedback. Scroll down and click "Community Survey" to access the survey, or CLICK HERE for a direct link.

A virtual open house will be hosted by the project team on March 8 to collect your feedback on the interim Greenway and aspirations for the future Greenway. The open house will begin with a presentation by the project team followed by a facilitated discussion period. Afternoon and evening sessions are being offered. Please register in advance to secure your spot and receive a link to join the open house. CLICK HERE for more details and to register.



The City of New Westminster is creating a new 1.2-kilometre greenway along Agnes Street to support walking, wheeling, and cycling. The greenway will include a two-way protected bicycle lane for people cycling, improved sidewalks for people walking, and new landscaping, trees, and street furniture like benches. This project is part of the City of New Westminster’s commitment to sustainable transportation and climate emergency response. First envisioned 10 years ago in the Downtown Community Plan, the greenway has been prioritized in Council’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan and the Downtown Transportation Plan, adopted by Council in August 2020.

The project includes two phases:

  • Phase 1 runs along Agnes Street from Dufferin Street in the east to Seventh Street in the west with a connection south on Sixth Street before terminating at Carnarvon Street. Phase 1 launched with an interim design (pilot project) in December 2020 using temporary materials and will transition to a permanent design with construction beginning in the summer of 2021 based on community feedback.
  • Phase 2 is a future project that will extend this greenway to New Westminster Skytrain Station and the Waterfront Esplanade. Once complete, the greenway will connect the Victoria Hill neighbourhood and Pattullo Bridge replacement with New Westminster Skytrain Station and the Waterfront Esplanade.

To launch the Agnes Street Greenway engagement process, the City has installed an interim greenway using temporary materials along a portion of the designated route. This temporary greenway allows the community to experience the greenway and provide valuable feedback that will be considered as the project team works through the design process. The City will make adjustments as needed to the interim greenway based on the feedback received. This feedback will also help inform the permanent greenway design. You are encouraged to try out the temporary path and tell us your experience, which runs along Agnes Street from First Street in the east to Seventh Street in the west with a connection south on Sixth Street before terminating at Carnarvon Street.

Map depicting the greenway route.Map depicting the greenway route.

We are excited to explore with you over the next several months, what is possible for the future Agnes Street Greenway. Throughout the design process, the City will provide opportunities to share ideas that will help shape the future greenway. Your input will be considered by the project design team as they create a greenway that is safe, comfortable, and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.


Project Update - February 2021

We are currently seeking feedback on the interim greenway. Please take our community survey to share your feedback. Scroll down and click "Community Survey" to access the survey, or CLICK HERE for a direct link.

A virtual open house will be hosted by the project team on March 8 to collect your feedback on the interim Greenway and aspirations for the future Greenway. The open house will begin with a presentation by the project team followed by a facilitated discussion period. Afternoon and evening sessions are being offered. Please register in advance to secure your spot and receive a link to join the open house. CLICK HERE for more details and to register.



The City of New Westminster is creating a new 1.2-kilometre greenway along Agnes Street to support walking, wheeling, and cycling. The greenway will include a two-way protected bicycle lane for people cycling, improved sidewalks for people walking, and new landscaping, trees, and street furniture like benches. This project is part of the City of New Westminster’s commitment to sustainable transportation and climate emergency response. First envisioned 10 years ago in the Downtown Community Plan, the greenway has been prioritized in Council’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan and the Downtown Transportation Plan, adopted by Council in August 2020.

The project includes two phases:

  • Phase 1 runs along Agnes Street from Dufferin Street in the east to Seventh Street in the west with a connection south on Sixth Street before terminating at Carnarvon Street. Phase 1 launched with an interim design (pilot project) in December 2020 using temporary materials and will transition to a permanent design with construction beginning in the summer of 2021 based on community feedback.
  • Phase 2 is a future project that will extend this greenway to New Westminster Skytrain Station and the Waterfront Esplanade. Once complete, the greenway will connect the Victoria Hill neighbourhood and Pattullo Bridge replacement with New Westminster Skytrain Station and the Waterfront Esplanade.

To launch the Agnes Street Greenway engagement process, the City has installed an interim greenway using temporary materials along a portion of the designated route. This temporary greenway allows the community to experience the greenway and provide valuable feedback that will be considered as the project team works through the design process. The City will make adjustments as needed to the interim greenway based on the feedback received. This feedback will also help inform the permanent greenway design. You are encouraged to try out the temporary path and tell us your experience, which runs along Agnes Street from First Street in the east to Seventh Street in the west with a connection south on Sixth Street before terminating at Carnarvon Street.

Map depicting the greenway route.Map depicting the greenway route.

We are excited to explore with you over the next several months, what is possible for the future Agnes Street Greenway. Throughout the design process, the City will provide opportunities to share ideas that will help shape the future greenway. Your input will be considered by the project design team as they create a greenway that is safe, comfortable, and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Agnes Greenway Routing Update

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    about 1 month ago

    Following the implementation of the interim Agnes Street Greenway, a series of conversations were held with key stakeholders on Lorne Street and the immediate surrounding area, to understand their operations. Based on these conversations and issues raised, it has been determined that routing of the Agnes Street Greenway via Lorne Street is not feasible. The Greenway routing will therefore be adjusted.

    The project team is now developing a design for the interim Greenway on Sixth Street from Agnes Street to Carnarvon Street. As the interim design for this routing is developed and constructed, we will be in contact with the businesses along Sixth Street and continue to consult with them throughout the design process.

    The Agnes Street Greenway will continue to provide an important connection to Douglas College, as shown on the revised map below.


    Agnes Street Greenway - Revised Routing



    Following the implementation of the interim Agnes Street Greenway, a series of conversations were held with key stakeholders on Lorne Street and the immediate surrounding area, to understand their operations. Based on these conversations and issues raised, it has been determined that routing of the Agnes Street Greenway via Lorne Street is not feasible. The Greenway routing will therefore be adjusted.

    The project team is now developing a design for the interim Greenway on Sixth Street from Agnes Street to Carnarvon Street. As the interim design for this routing is developed and constructed, we will be in contact with the businesses along Sixth Street and continue to consult with them throughout the design process.

    The Agnes Street Greenway will continue to provide an important connection to Douglas College, as shown on the revised map below.


    Agnes Street Greenway - Revised Routing



  • February Project Update

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    about 1 month ago

    We are pleased to announce the interim Agnes Street Greenway is now officially open! There is some remaining signage to be installed – including directional wayfinding – but the route is safe to use and the temporary barriers have now been removed. We invite all New Westminster residents to get out and ride, walk or roll along the interim Agnes Street Greenway.

    An online community survey, accessible through this site, will be launched in February, 2021 to collect feedback from Agnes Street residents and other community members about their experience using the interim Greenway. The survey will also be an opportunity to provide your comments on how you would like the permanent design to look. An online open house is planned for late February. Stay tuned to this page for the latest information on engagement opportunities.

    We want to thank everyone for the comments, questions, and suggestions since we launched the design process. It is important to acknowledge that we are in the beginning stages of the Greenway’s design process. We understand that the interim Greenway construction resulted in changes to how you may use the street. The interim Greenway was built to find out how all road users use the space and to address your concerns before the permanent infrastructure is built.

    We have received dozens of questions on this site, through email and by phone. Many of the questions and comments have revolved around three key themes, which have been summarized below.

    1. Public transit routing

    In response to early concerns raised about transit changes and accessibility, we worked with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company to revise the eastbound re-routing for route #105. Route #105 now uses northbound Fourth Street and continues eastbound along Royal Avenue, before resuming its existing routing northbound along Second Street. A new bus stop has been implemented on Fourth Street at Agnes Street to replace the previous stop on Agnes Street at Fourth Street. With this adjustment, people will still be able to reach the area of Agnes Street at Fourth Street from New Westminster and Columbia Stations by bus.

    Eastbound route #103 travels along Carnarvon Street and continues northbound on Elliot Street before continuing on its current route east of Elliot Street.

    These two routes provide additional choices for how residents can travel through the neighbourhood by transit. Westbound transit routes remain unchanged for both routes for the interim design.

    We understand that the new #105 routing affects those who used to travel to Uptown from the eastern end of Agnes Street. The changes to transit routing are being monitored and we will continue to work closely with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company on long-term solutions for this neighbourhood, with a strong focus on accessibility for seniors and people with disabilities.

    2. One-way streets and on-street parking

    We acknowledge the installation of the interim greenway has meant a significant change for many residents living along Agnes Street. With the addition of the Greenway, there is not enough space to accommodate on-street parking on both sides of the street and vehicle traffic in both directions. As a result, we have tried to balance the needs for access and parking along the corridor.

    Vehicle traffic has been changed to one-way westbound for the two blocks between Merivale Street and Sixth Street. This change provides the space needed to accommodate dedicated cycling facilities while also retaining on-street parking on both sides of the street in those blocks. For residents on Agnes Street traveling east to their homes, Royal Avenue or Carnarvon Street may be used to travel to the block where the resident lives.

    Two-way vehicle travel has been maintained on the remaining portions of Agnes Street and adjoining streets to ensure residents and visitors can reach their destinations, including Qayqayt Elementary School.

    Although the Downtown Transportation Plan recommends making Fourth Street one-way southbound, we have decided to put these plans on hold due to concerns raised about transit service to the Agnes Street area.

    During the planning process we have taken into consideration both parking and vehicle travel needs. On-street parking on both sides of the street has been maintained for much of the corridor, except on one block between Sixth Street and Seventh Street and two blocks between Merivale Street and First Street. The single-sided parking was necessary to allow for two-way vehicle travel and to maintain access for transit.

    We are committed to listening to all feedback on the interim Greenway and are open to making adjustments where possible, including further changes to parking regulations.

    During the engagement process we will ask residents for feedback on how best to balance the need for vehicle traffic and on-street parking to better understand community priorities. The feedback will be considered as the project team develops the permanent design.

    3. Interim vs permanent design

    The Agnes Greenway is in the first phase of the design process. The interim Greenway has been constructed through a ‘quick-build’ process using low cost, temporary design elements. The City has envisioned the Agnes Greenway for more than a decade and consulted with community members about the project during several larger planning processes, including the Downtown Community Plan and Downtown Transportation Plan.

    To fully understand the real-life implications described in the planning processes and documents, the City decided to build the interim Greenway and use it as an engagement tool during the design process. Think of the interim Greenway as a real-life mock-up of the planning documents. This approach gives community members the opportunity to experience Agnes Street changes and to provide informed feedback based on their experience about how the greenway can be improved for all road users.

    The interim Greenway also allows the project team to collect data and observations and make adjustments easily before a permanent design is finalized and constructed. We anticipate construction on the permanent design to begin in late 2021.

    We are pleased to announce the interim Agnes Street Greenway is now officially open! There is some remaining signage to be installed – including directional wayfinding – but the route is safe to use and the temporary barriers have now been removed. We invite all New Westminster residents to get out and ride, walk or roll along the interim Agnes Street Greenway.

    An online community survey, accessible through this site, will be launched in February, 2021 to collect feedback from Agnes Street residents and other community members about their experience using the interim Greenway. The survey will also be an opportunity to provide your comments on how you would like the permanent design to look. An online open house is planned for late February. Stay tuned to this page for the latest information on engagement opportunities.

    We want to thank everyone for the comments, questions, and suggestions since we launched the design process. It is important to acknowledge that we are in the beginning stages of the Greenway’s design process. We understand that the interim Greenway construction resulted in changes to how you may use the street. The interim Greenway was built to find out how all road users use the space and to address your concerns before the permanent infrastructure is built.

    We have received dozens of questions on this site, through email and by phone. Many of the questions and comments have revolved around three key themes, which have been summarized below.

    1. Public transit routing

    In response to early concerns raised about transit changes and accessibility, we worked with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company to revise the eastbound re-routing for route #105. Route #105 now uses northbound Fourth Street and continues eastbound along Royal Avenue, before resuming its existing routing northbound along Second Street. A new bus stop has been implemented on Fourth Street at Agnes Street to replace the previous stop on Agnes Street at Fourth Street. With this adjustment, people will still be able to reach the area of Agnes Street at Fourth Street from New Westminster and Columbia Stations by bus.

    Eastbound route #103 travels along Carnarvon Street and continues northbound on Elliot Street before continuing on its current route east of Elliot Street.

    These two routes provide additional choices for how residents can travel through the neighbourhood by transit. Westbound transit routes remain unchanged for both routes for the interim design.

    We understand that the new #105 routing affects those who used to travel to Uptown from the eastern end of Agnes Street. The changes to transit routing are being monitored and we will continue to work closely with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company on long-term solutions for this neighbourhood, with a strong focus on accessibility for seniors and people with disabilities.

    2. One-way streets and on-street parking

    We acknowledge the installation of the interim greenway has meant a significant change for many residents living along Agnes Street. With the addition of the Greenway, there is not enough space to accommodate on-street parking on both sides of the street and vehicle traffic in both directions. As a result, we have tried to balance the needs for access and parking along the corridor.

    Vehicle traffic has been changed to one-way westbound for the two blocks between Merivale Street and Sixth Street. This change provides the space needed to accommodate dedicated cycling facilities while also retaining on-street parking on both sides of the street in those blocks. For residents on Agnes Street traveling east to their homes, Royal Avenue or Carnarvon Street may be used to travel to the block where the resident lives.

    Two-way vehicle travel has been maintained on the remaining portions of Agnes Street and adjoining streets to ensure residents and visitors can reach their destinations, including Qayqayt Elementary School.

    Although the Downtown Transportation Plan recommends making Fourth Street one-way southbound, we have decided to put these plans on hold due to concerns raised about transit service to the Agnes Street area.

    During the planning process we have taken into consideration both parking and vehicle travel needs. On-street parking on both sides of the street has been maintained for much of the corridor, except on one block between Sixth Street and Seventh Street and two blocks between Merivale Street and First Street. The single-sided parking was necessary to allow for two-way vehicle travel and to maintain access for transit.

    We are committed to listening to all feedback on the interim Greenway and are open to making adjustments where possible, including further changes to parking regulations.

    During the engagement process we will ask residents for feedback on how best to balance the need for vehicle traffic and on-street parking to better understand community priorities. The feedback will be considered as the project team develops the permanent design.

    3. Interim vs permanent design

    The Agnes Greenway is in the first phase of the design process. The interim Greenway has been constructed through a ‘quick-build’ process using low cost, temporary design elements. The City has envisioned the Agnes Greenway for more than a decade and consulted with community members about the project during several larger planning processes, including the Downtown Community Plan and Downtown Transportation Plan.

    To fully understand the real-life implications described in the planning processes and documents, the City decided to build the interim Greenway and use it as an engagement tool during the design process. Think of the interim Greenway as a real-life mock-up of the planning documents. This approach gives community members the opportunity to experience Agnes Street changes and to provide informed feedback based on their experience about how the greenway can be improved for all road users.

    The interim Greenway also allows the project team to collect data and observations and make adjustments easily before a permanent design is finalized and constructed. We anticipate construction on the permanent design to begin in late 2021.

  • Agnes Greenway Project in the News: New Westminster Record

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    about 1 month ago

    The New Westminster Record published an article about the Agnes Greenway project on January 21, 2021.

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    New West getting set to open Agnes Street greenway

    The New Westminster Record published an article about the Agnes Greenway project on January 21, 2021.

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    New West getting set to open Agnes Street greenway

  • UP NEXT on the Agnes Street Greenway...

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    about 2 months ago

    Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone who has sent comments, questions, and suggestions since construction began in December 2020. Early February will see the launch of an online community survey to collect specific feedback from the community as we start to look at the possibilities for the permanent design. Watch this space!

    Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone who has sent comments, questions, and suggestions since construction began in December 2020. Early February will see the launch of an online community survey to collect specific feedback from the community as we start to look at the possibilities for the permanent design. Watch this space!

  • Agnes Greenway Project in the News: Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST)

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    about 1 month ago

    Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) featured the Agnes Greenway project on January 7, 2021. The article featured a walking tour of the interim greenway.

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    Walkable New Westminster - A short walking tour of the Agnes Street Greenway

    Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) featured the Agnes Greenway project on January 7, 2021. The article featured a walking tour of the interim greenway.

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    Walkable New Westminster - A short walking tour of the Agnes Street Greenway

  • Construction Update

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    about 1 month ago

    Bike lane delineators and traffic barriers have now been installed on Agnes Street and Lorne Street. A portion of Agnes Street (Merivale St. to Sixth St.) has also been converted to one-way, westbound traffic. Agnes Street still accommodates two-way motor vehicle traffic between First Street and Merivale Street, including adjacent to Qayqayt School.

    The designated school drop-off/pick-up zone on Agnes Street at Qayqayt School is unchanged. On-street parking is available along both sides of Agnes Street between Merivale and Sixth Street, and existing loading zones remain in place. Please obey temporary parking signage and traffic control personnel.

    Additional minor construction elements and information signage will continue to be installed in January 2021.

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this project.

    Bike lane delineators and traffic barriers have now been installed on Agnes Street and Lorne Street. A portion of Agnes Street (Merivale St. to Sixth St.) has also been converted to one-way, westbound traffic. Agnes Street still accommodates two-way motor vehicle traffic between First Street and Merivale Street, including adjacent to Qayqayt School.

    The designated school drop-off/pick-up zone on Agnes Street at Qayqayt School is unchanged. On-street parking is available along both sides of Agnes Street between Merivale and Sixth Street, and existing loading zones remain in place. Please obey temporary parking signage and traffic control personnel.

    Additional minor construction elements and information signage will continue to be installed in January 2021.

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this project.