Uptown Active Transportation Improvements

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Project Update, July 2022: Construction of the New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) Cycling Connector is set to get underway in the coming weeks! We expect construction to start later this summer. Stay tuned for more detailed information as it’s available.

Meanwhile, construction of the Rotary Crosstown Greenway upgrades along Seventh Avenue between Eighth Street and Fifth Street has now been postponed until next year (2023). This is to coordinate with the planned water main work by Metro Vancouver along Seventh Avenue next year. Our goal is to minimize the overall impacts from both construction projects. Again, more details will be shared as they are available.



Project Update: April 21, 2022 - Round 2 Engagement Reports

The What We Heard Public Engagement Summary Report for the second round of engagement is now available. From February 3-22, 2022, we heard from more than 300 participants across a variety of engagement activities: a survey, a pop-up, stakeholder meetings, and school-based engagement. Check out the report to learn about participants' level of support for the recommended designs for upgrades to the Rotary Crosstown Greenway on Seventh Avenue, and the new active transportation connector to New Westminster Secondary School. We also heard about how well the designs achieve goals such as safety, what participants like about the recommended designs, suggestions for improvement, and more.

A shorter, visual summary is also available here. All participants’ verbatim comments are also available. Find the reports in the Documents section on the right of this page (scroll down on mobile).


Project Update: February 3, 2022 - Round 2 Engagement on Recommended Designs

During the first round of public and stakeholder engagement last fall, we heard your priorities and preferences for upgrades to the Rotary Crosstown Greenway, and a new cycling connection to New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS). The project team has developed the recommended designs using what was heard from public and stakeholder engagement in the fall of 2021, along with a comprehensive technical analysis.

Map highlighting the existing Rotary Crosstown Greenway, further emphasizing the section of the Rotary Crosstown Greenway between Eighth Street and Fifth Street where upgrades will be implemented. It also shows the RCG connecting to the chosen route for the NWSS Cycling Connector from Seventh Avenue up Sixth Street directly to the school.

Input from round two of engagement will be used to help the project team further refine the designs as the team works toward construction in the summer and fall of 2022. Ultimately, your feedback will help contribute to reimagining some streets to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to cycle, wheel, or walk comfortably and safely in Uptown.

To learn more about some of the key design features CLICK HERE for a visual summary of the recommended design for the NWSS Cycling Corridor and CLICK HERE for a visual summary of the recommended design for the RCG Upgrades.

The video below is a presentation by the project team on the recommended designs for the Rotary Crosstown Greenway upgrades and New Westminster Secondary School Cycling Connector.



Project Update: November 15, 2021 - Round 1 Engagement Reports

The What We Heard Public Engagement Summary Report is now available. Check out the report for what participants chose as their preferred design options for the Rotary Crosstown Greenway Improvements and preferred routing options for the NWSS Cycling Connector, as well as key priorities for each corridor, as heard from the public and stakeholder groups. A shorter, visual summary is also available here.

The full survey report as well as all participants’ verbatim comments are also available. Find the reports in the Documents section on the right of this page (scroll down on mobile).



The City of New Westminster is launching the design process for the Uptown Active Transportation Improvements. This includes two exciting projects that together will reimagine some of our streets to enable people of all ages and abilities to move comfortably and safely on foot, bicycle, and other non-motorized wheels in Uptown.

  1. The Rotary Crosstown Greenway (RCG) Upgrades will improve safety, comfort, and accessibility on the section of the existing Rotary Crosstown Greenway along Seventh Avenue, between Eighth Street and Fifth Street. These upgrades will replace the interim bike lanes installed on Seventh Avenue in 2017.
  2. The new New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) Cycling Connector project will link the Rotary Crosstown Greenway on Seventh Avenue to the east entrance of the new school on Sixth Street, enabling students, staff and visitors to conveniently and safely cycle, wheel or walk to the school from the east and south.

Both projects take direction from the vision set in the City of New Westminster’s Council-approved Uptown Streetscape Vision, to create “a vibrant commercial district with a distinct identity, accessible and sustainable transportation, and inviting and engaging public spaces that are welcoming to all people." Related to this project, engagement on the Uptown Sixth Street Public Realm Improvements will launch later this fall.

These projects align with the City’s Master Transportation Plan goals and 7 Bold Steps for Climate Action - specifically, Car-light Community and Quality People-Centred Public Realm.

Another key goal of this project is to provide a crosstown greenway and connection to NWSS that is safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities, improves the cycling and walking experiences, as well as improves accessibility.

Additional goals include enhancing the public realm and tree canopy, seeking opportunities for green infrastructure, and reducing the impacts of motor vehicles and through traffic in this neighbourhood, while limiting the impacts to people who rely on on-street parking.

To learn more about the Rotary Crosstown Greenway Upgrades and the New Westminster Secondary School Cycling Connector, watch the project video below:



Project Update, July 2022: Construction of the New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) Cycling Connector is set to get underway in the coming weeks! We expect construction to start later this summer. Stay tuned for more detailed information as it’s available.

Meanwhile, construction of the Rotary Crosstown Greenway upgrades along Seventh Avenue between Eighth Street and Fifth Street has now been postponed until next year (2023). This is to coordinate with the planned water main work by Metro Vancouver along Seventh Avenue next year. Our goal is to minimize the overall impacts from both construction projects. Again, more details will be shared as they are available.



Project Update: April 21, 2022 - Round 2 Engagement Reports

The What We Heard Public Engagement Summary Report for the second round of engagement is now available. From February 3-22, 2022, we heard from more than 300 participants across a variety of engagement activities: a survey, a pop-up, stakeholder meetings, and school-based engagement. Check out the report to learn about participants' level of support for the recommended designs for upgrades to the Rotary Crosstown Greenway on Seventh Avenue, and the new active transportation connector to New Westminster Secondary School. We also heard about how well the designs achieve goals such as safety, what participants like about the recommended designs, suggestions for improvement, and more.

A shorter, visual summary is also available here. All participants’ verbatim comments are also available. Find the reports in the Documents section on the right of this page (scroll down on mobile).


Project Update: February 3, 2022 - Round 2 Engagement on Recommended Designs

During the first round of public and stakeholder engagement last fall, we heard your priorities and preferences for upgrades to the Rotary Crosstown Greenway, and a new cycling connection to New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS). The project team has developed the recommended designs using what was heard from public and stakeholder engagement in the fall of 2021, along with a comprehensive technical analysis.

Map highlighting the existing Rotary Crosstown Greenway, further emphasizing the section of the Rotary Crosstown Greenway between Eighth Street and Fifth Street where upgrades will be implemented. It also shows the RCG connecting to the chosen route for the NWSS Cycling Connector from Seventh Avenue up Sixth Street directly to the school.

Input from round two of engagement will be used to help the project team further refine the designs as the team works toward construction in the summer and fall of 2022. Ultimately, your feedback will help contribute to reimagining some streets to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to cycle, wheel, or walk comfortably and safely in Uptown.

To learn more about some of the key design features CLICK HERE for a visual summary of the recommended design for the NWSS Cycling Corridor and CLICK HERE for a visual summary of the recommended design for the RCG Upgrades.

The video below is a presentation by the project team on the recommended designs for the Rotary Crosstown Greenway upgrades and New Westminster Secondary School Cycling Connector.



Project Update: November 15, 2021 - Round 1 Engagement Reports

The What We Heard Public Engagement Summary Report is now available. Check out the report for what participants chose as their preferred design options for the Rotary Crosstown Greenway Improvements and preferred routing options for the NWSS Cycling Connector, as well as key priorities for each corridor, as heard from the public and stakeholder groups. A shorter, visual summary is also available here.

The full survey report as well as all participants’ verbatim comments are also available. Find the reports in the Documents section on the right of this page (scroll down on mobile).



The City of New Westminster is launching the design process for the Uptown Active Transportation Improvements. This includes two exciting projects that together will reimagine some of our streets to enable people of all ages and abilities to move comfortably and safely on foot, bicycle, and other non-motorized wheels in Uptown.

  1. The Rotary Crosstown Greenway (RCG) Upgrades will improve safety, comfort, and accessibility on the section of the existing Rotary Crosstown Greenway along Seventh Avenue, between Eighth Street and Fifth Street. These upgrades will replace the interim bike lanes installed on Seventh Avenue in 2017.
  2. The new New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) Cycling Connector project will link the Rotary Crosstown Greenway on Seventh Avenue to the east entrance of the new school on Sixth Street, enabling students, staff and visitors to conveniently and safely cycle, wheel or walk to the school from the east and south.

Both projects take direction from the vision set in the City of New Westminster’s Council-approved Uptown Streetscape Vision, to create “a vibrant commercial district with a distinct identity, accessible and sustainable transportation, and inviting and engaging public spaces that are welcoming to all people." Related to this project, engagement on the Uptown Sixth Street Public Realm Improvements will launch later this fall.

These projects align with the City’s Master Transportation Plan goals and 7 Bold Steps for Climate Action - specifically, Car-light Community and Quality People-Centred Public Realm.

Another key goal of this project is to provide a crosstown greenway and connection to NWSS that is safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities, improves the cycling and walking experiences, as well as improves accessibility.

Additional goals include enhancing the public realm and tree canopy, seeking opportunities for green infrastructure, and reducing the impacts of motor vehicles and through traffic in this neighbourhood, while limiting the impacts to people who rely on on-street parking.

To learn more about the Rotary Crosstown Greenway Upgrades and the New Westminster Secondary School Cycling Connector, watch the project video below:



  • This survey had closed. Thank you to everyone who has participated.

    During the first round of engagement, we heard your priorities and preferences for upgrades to the Rotary Crosstown Greenway, and a new cycling connection to New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS). Based on this input, recommended designs have been developed for these two Uptown routes. We are now looking for your feedback on the recommended designs.

    Your input through this survey will help us understand how the recommended designs address key priorities as identified in the previous engagement, as well as key project goals. It will also help us to understand your preferences where there are decisions to be made at specific locations. We also want to know if there’s anything you think we missed that would improve the recommended designs. 

    Your input will be used to help the project team further refine the designs as we work toward construction in the summer and fall of 2022. Ultimately, your feedback will help contribute to reimagining some streets to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to cycle, wheel, or walk comfortably and safely in Uptown.  


    Please complete this survey by February 22, 2022. The survey should take a total of about 25 minutes to complete (15 minutes for the Rotary Crosstown Greenway section, and 10 minutes for the NWSS Cycling Connector questions). Note: You can choose to answer only one of the sections. 

    Prefer to complete the survey in a different language? Click the Select Language button at the top right of the page, and choose your language. The survey, page content, and all other feedback tools will be translated. We are also happy to offer additional support to complete the survey. Please contact us at engage@newwestcity.ca with requests.

    We recognize this survey includes many graphic elements, which are not accessible to people with visual impairments. All graphics have also been described in the text.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Rotary Crosstown Greenway Upgrades and New Westminster Secondary School Connector projects aim to improve active transportation in the Uptown neighbourhood. Together, these two projects will reimagine some of our streets to enable people of all ages and abilities to move comfortably and safely on foot, bicycle, and other non-motorized wheels in Uptown.

    Your input will help us to select and design the preferred option for each project. The purpose of this survey is to collect your feedback about:

    •    How well the preliminary options for each project impact key considerations such as pedestrian safety and comfort, cycling safety and comfort, transit, parking and loading, traffic operations, and public realm.

    •    Your level of support for each of the options, and which is your preferred option 

    This survey will be open until October 17, 2021.


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