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Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses Arrives on Edmonds Street

Beginning Tuesday, June 30, Burnaby pedestrians will have more room to safely roam and shop with the closure of the curb lane on the west side of Edmonds Street as part of the City of Burnaby’s Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses program. Street parking on the west side of Edmonds between the Edmonds Community Centre and Kingsway will be re-purposed for pedestrians. 

“We want to make it easier for people to shop in comfort as our neighbourhood shopping streets get busier again,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “For some businesses this can also offer the capacity they need to thrive in this changed environment.”

Just in time for summer weather, this closure gives pedestrians the space to physically distance, and gives businesses the opportunity to temporarily expand into the outdoor space. Businesses can take advantage of the extra space by submitting an application through the Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses program. The City has created an expedited system to process applications as quickly as possible. Learn more at burnaby.ca/ActiveSidewalks.

The Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses program is designed to give businesses the flexibility to use this space to best suit their needs. Restaurants may choose to open temporary patio areas, while retail shops may set up an outdoor display or checkout area. 

The curb lane closures on Edmonds Street are in effect 24/7, with the end date of the program slated for Oct. 31, 2020 — though this date is subject to change as required. No transit routes are affected by the closure, as buses are still able to pull up to the curb at their regular stops. Parking is still available on side streets in the area. 

For more information, please contact:
Engineering Department
Phone: 604-294-7460
Email: ActiveSidewalks@burnaby.ca

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