Agnes Street Greenway

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Project Update – April 20, 2022: Construction of the permanent Agnes Greenway active transportation corridor is set to begin in May, with a design that is based on what the City heard from the community and neighbourhood users through two rounds of public engagement. For ongoing construction updates, visit the Projects on the Go page on the City's main website.


The Final Design for the Agnes Greenway

Based on public and stakeholder feedback, and technical analysis, the final detailed design is now complete and will include a two-way protected lane for people cycling and rolling, improved spaces for people walking and sitting, and new landscaping, trees, and street furniture like benches.



The permanent greenway constructed this year will be similar in size and configuration to the existing temporary greenway. There will be no changes to traffic flow from the current configuration on Agnes Street. However, based on the preferences and priorities we heard from engagement participants, there will be some changes to the final design features.


The Permanent Agnes Greenway: How Your Input Impacted the Final Design
What We HeardWhat We Did
Survey respondents preferred a design that would close off Blackwood Street at Agnes Street and add additional landscaping.
Blackwood Street will be closed off at Agnes Street. This will provide additional space for public amenities including seating, a water fountain, and a dog parklet.
A top theme from the survey feedback was “Prioritize Safety.” We also heard suggestions for crosswalk improvements at Blackwood Street. Additionally, we heard a desire for more permanent barriers.
In addition to the numerous safety features that have been introduced in the temporary greenway, a raised crosswalk will be added across Agnes Street at Blackwood Street. The permanent greenway will also include permanent medians to replace the flexible delineators used in the temporary installation.
Vehicle flow was one of the top three design priorities heard in round one of public engagement.
There are no changes to traffic flow from the current configuration on Agnes Street.
Street trees and landscaping were identified as one of the top priorities. Participants in round two of engagement also said “more greenery, more scenery” was a desired design feature.
A rain garden will be added at the north curb extension opposite Blackwood Street, and a stormwater tree trench feature will be added between Fourth and Sixth streets that will reduce impacts on our sewer network.
Pedestrian comfort was one of participants’ top three design priorities, including a desire for more benches.
The final design includes seating, bike racks and other furnishings.


The existing greenway was built as a temporary installation, designed to give area residents and visitors a chance to experience the walking, cycling, and rolling pathway and provide valuable feedback to help shape the permanent design. The goal of the engagement was to finalize a design for the Agnes Greenway that is safe, comfortable, and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.


Construction of the Agnes Greenway

Thanks in part to generous grants from TransLink and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, replacement of the temporary greenway with permanent fixtures will commence in May 2022. Construction is estimated to take approximately 24 weeks, with anticipated completion in October 2022.

Your comfort and safety are important priorities throughout construction, and we want you to know how construction could potentially impact you. Details on the construction area, dates and impacts, as they become available, can be found at www.newwestcity.ca/agnesgreenway.




Project Update- September 21, 2021: Round 2 Engagement Reports

A detailed summary of the second round of public engagement has been posted to the Documents section of this project page. CLICK HERE for a direct link. A shorter, visual snapshot of the second round of public engagement has been posted to the Newsfeed. CLICK HERE for a direct link.

With the second round of consultation complete, the project team is now working to finalize the detailed design for Phase 1 of the Agnes Greenway, using what we heard from participants. Construction of the permanent greenway is set to begin in 2022.



Project Update - June 10, 2021: Round 2 Engagement Launch

The Agnes Greenway project team is excited to share the recommended permanent design for Phase 1 of the future Agnes Greenway. Building on the interim treatment installed along Agnes Street between Seventh Street and Dufferin Street, and what we heard during the first phase of engagement, the permanent design will enhance the experience for all road users, including things like improved street lighting, more street trees and landscaping, green infrastructure to improve environmental sustainability, and amenities like benches and bicycle racks at key locations along the corridor.

Following the completion of the first round of engagement for the Agnes Greenway, the project team created a vision and seven key themes, which were used to guide the design for Phase 1 of the Agnes Greenway. CLICK HERE to read more about the vision and key themes.

Throughout June 2021, the project team will host several engagement activities to allow stakeholders and residents the opportunity to review the recommended permanent design and provide feedback. An update video can be found in the newsfeed below. The video outlines what is being recommended for the permanent design. CLICK HERE for a direct link.



Project Update - May 3, 2021: Round 1 Engagement Reports

The Agnes Greenway project team is continuing their work on the permanent design for the Agnes Greenway using what we heard during the first round of public engagement. We look forward to sharing the permanent design and hearing what you think in June. A detailed summary of the first round of public engagement has been posted to the Documents section of this project page. CLICK HERE for a direct link. You can also read the verbatim feedback by CLICKING HERE.

A snapshot of what we heard through the online survey has also been posted to the Newsfeed. CLICK HERE for a direct link.


Project Overview

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. 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.


Map depicting the Agnes Greenway routeMap depicting the Agnes 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 – April 20, 2022: Construction of the permanent Agnes Greenway active transportation corridor is set to begin in May, with a design that is based on what the City heard from the community and neighbourhood users through two rounds of public engagement. For ongoing construction updates, visit the Projects on the Go page on the City's main website.


The Final Design for the Agnes Greenway

Based on public and stakeholder feedback, and technical analysis, the final detailed design is now complete and will include a two-way protected lane for people cycling and rolling, improved spaces for people walking and sitting, and new landscaping, trees, and street furniture like benches.



The permanent greenway constructed this year will be similar in size and configuration to the existing temporary greenway. There will be no changes to traffic flow from the current configuration on Agnes Street. However, based on the preferences and priorities we heard from engagement participants, there will be some changes to the final design features.


The Permanent Agnes Greenway: How Your Input Impacted the Final Design
What We HeardWhat We Did
Survey respondents preferred a design that would close off Blackwood Street at Agnes Street and add additional landscaping.
Blackwood Street will be closed off at Agnes Street. This will provide additional space for public amenities including seating, a water fountain, and a dog parklet.
A top theme from the survey feedback was “Prioritize Safety.” We also heard suggestions for crosswalk improvements at Blackwood Street. Additionally, we heard a desire for more permanent barriers.
In addition to the numerous safety features that have been introduced in the temporary greenway, a raised crosswalk will be added across Agnes Street at Blackwood Street. The permanent greenway will also include permanent medians to replace the flexible delineators used in the temporary installation.
Vehicle flow was one of the top three design priorities heard in round one of public engagement.
There are no changes to traffic flow from the current configuration on Agnes Street.
Street trees and landscaping were identified as one of the top priorities. Participants in round two of engagement also said “more greenery, more scenery” was a desired design feature.
A rain garden will be added at the north curb extension opposite Blackwood Street, and a stormwater tree trench feature will be added between Fourth and Sixth streets that will reduce impacts on our sewer network.
Pedestrian comfort was one of participants’ top three design priorities, including a desire for more benches.
The final design includes seating, bike racks and other furnishings.


The existing greenway was built as a temporary installation, designed to give area residents and visitors a chance to experience the walking, cycling, and rolling pathway and provide valuable feedback to help shape the permanent design. The goal of the engagement was to finalize a design for the Agnes Greenway that is safe, comfortable, and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.


Construction of the Agnes Greenway

Thanks in part to generous grants from TransLink and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, replacement of the temporary greenway with permanent fixtures will commence in May 2022. Construction is estimated to take approximately 24 weeks, with anticipated completion in October 2022.

Your comfort and safety are important priorities throughout construction, and we want you to know how construction could potentially impact you. Details on the construction area, dates and impacts, as they become available, can be found at www.newwestcity.ca/agnesgreenway.




Project Update- September 21, 2021: Round 2 Engagement Reports

A detailed summary of the second round of public engagement has been posted to the Documents section of this project page. CLICK HERE for a direct link. A shorter, visual snapshot of the second round of public engagement has been posted to the Newsfeed. CLICK HERE for a direct link.

With the second round of consultation complete, the project team is now working to finalize the detailed design for Phase 1 of the Agnes Greenway, using what we heard from participants. Construction of the permanent greenway is set to begin in 2022.



Project Update - June 10, 2021: Round 2 Engagement Launch

The Agnes Greenway project team is excited to share the recommended permanent design for Phase 1 of the future Agnes Greenway. Building on the interim treatment installed along Agnes Street between Seventh Street and Dufferin Street, and what we heard during the first phase of engagement, the permanent design will enhance the experience for all road users, including things like improved street lighting, more street trees and landscaping, green infrastructure to improve environmental sustainability, and amenities like benches and bicycle racks at key locations along the corridor.

Following the completion of the first round of engagement for the Agnes Greenway, the project team created a vision and seven key themes, which were used to guide the design for Phase 1 of the Agnes Greenway. CLICK HERE to read more about the vision and key themes.

Throughout June 2021, the project team will host several engagement activities to allow stakeholders and residents the opportunity to review the recommended permanent design and provide feedback. An update video can be found in the newsfeed below. The video outlines what is being recommended for the permanent design. CLICK HERE for a direct link.



Project Update - May 3, 2021: Round 1 Engagement Reports

The Agnes Greenway project team is continuing their work on the permanent design for the Agnes Greenway using what we heard during the first round of public engagement. We look forward to sharing the permanent design and hearing what you think in June. A detailed summary of the first round of public engagement has been posted to the Documents section of this project page. CLICK HERE for a direct link. You can also read the verbatim feedback by CLICKING HERE.

A snapshot of what we heard through the online survey has also been posted to the Newsfeed. CLICK HERE for a direct link.


Project Overview

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. 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.


Map depicting the Agnes Greenway routeMap depicting the Agnes 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.

Ask a question about the Agnes St Greenway

Please check out the questions and answers below, and the FAQs on the right-hand menu of this page before submitting your question. There's a good chance we have already addressed your question! 

Have a question about the Agnes Street Greenway project? Please add it here. We will aim to reply within 5 business days. If we think your question may be of interest to others, we'll post your question and our response here. Thank you for taking the time to write to us!

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    When is the construction of the permanent greenway going to start? What is the target completion date?

    agnesstreetphantom asked 6 months ago

    Hello and thanks for your question. We are working towards starting construction of the permanent greenway in approximately March 2022. This will depend on weather, availability of contractors, and availability of materials.  

    The timeline for completion has not yet been determined, and also depends on the contractor, weather and materials. However, we are currently expecting the project to be complete by the end of 2022. 

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    Why has Dickenson not been made one way eastbound between 4th Street and Merivale? With parking on both sides of Dickenson just east of 4th Street, there is insufficient room for two way traffic. If Dickenson were made one way eastbound, this would open up the opportunity for much needed residential parking on the north side between Blackwood and Merivale.

    Doug Whicker asked 11 months ago

    On-street parking was retained on both sides of the street on Agnes between Blackwood and Fourth Street. Therefore no changes were considered to add additional parking by changing the traffic operations of Dickenson Street for these blocks. Most of the block of Dickenson Street between Fourth Street and Merivale Street has parallel parking on private property fronting Dickenson so changing the traffic operations would not create many additional parking spaces.

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    Why is it that the posted 30 km/h limit on Agnes and Carnarvon, (and especially Carnarvon) is not being enforced? I regularly see vehicles running on both streets well in excess of the posted limit.

    Doug Whicker asked 11 months ago

    Residents can request speed enforcement through the New Westminster Police Department. Speed enforcement is done at Police discretion within the resources they have for city-wide enforcement. 

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    Why was the speed limit posted at 30 kmh on Agnes and Carnarvon Streets not expanded to include Cunningham and Victoria and 4th Street? These left out streets have become speedways.

    Doug Whicker asked 11 months ago

    Additional speed humps will be installed along Victoria Street and Cunningham Street to reduce travel speed.

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    Why have not the crosswalks been marked on Blackwood Street at Agnes, Dickenson and Carnarvon? This is a recognized pedestrian walkway to the Columbia SkyTrain Station, and was promised when submitted close to a year ago, to be incorporated with the improvements made to the Agnes St. Greenway this spring. Well, spring has come and gone, and still no marked crosswalks.

    Doug Whicker asked 11 months ago

    A marked crosswalk at Blackwood Street is planned as a part of the permanent design. The crosswalks at Dickenson and Carnarvon on Fourth Street are outside of the project limits for the Agnes Street Greenway but may be considered during the construction of the permanent design. 

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    When will a decision be made on the use of 6th street or Lorne street to connect Agnes to Carnarvon street. It’s difficult to fully comment on the design without this essential component addressed. Or has this component become ´optional’ for this phase?

    bikenerd asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The City is still working with stakeholders on Lorne Street to review potential options for the connection from Agnes Street to Carnarvon Street. Further updates will be provided once more details are available. 

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    Why is parking enforcement no t being done on Agnes.

    poman asked 11 months ago

    Parking enforcement can be requested by phoning 604-519-2010, by email at parking@newwestcity.ca, or through the SeeClickFix app.

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    The greenway was originally planned for Canarvon; when did the plan change to Agnes and what was the logistics behind this change?

    RidgeviewResident asked about 1 year ago

    The greenway was planned for Agnes Street as far back as the Downtown Community Plan (2010), which shows the greenway on Agnes Street between Dufferin Street and Seventh Street.

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    I am a resident along the one-way portion of the greenway. If my building required substantial construction (envelope replacement) or if we planned to sell the building to developers, how can they feasibly do construction once the permanent greenway is placed without completely closing down the street to traffic for a substantial duration of time (weeks/months). For example, the construction of the Masonic Hall building impacted the traffic for almost a year...

    RidgeviewResident asked about 1 year ago

    Any development or construction would be subject to the City's development and planning regulations and processes.  These activities may require temporary accommodations in the surrounding neighbourhood, but every effort must be made to mitigate their impact.  A traffic management plan is a key component of any such project and would also be required along the permanent greenway.

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    Why were some of the questions asked been removed from the website? At least a dozen questions that were asked (included a couple asked by myself) that were present on the website have been removed.

    RidgeviewResident asked about 1 year ago

    All questions asked on the website are responded to (although this has taken some time in many cases).  In the interests of keeping the website fresh, when there are many questions on the same subject, or from the same person, we have responded privately to some of them, in order to address individual concerns and specifically to encourage ongoing participation in the Agnes St. greenway engagement process. The valuable input we are receiving from the community is helping us to design a greenway that aims to meet everyone's needs as far as possible.

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