> Home > City Services > Planning > Transportation Planning

City Services

Was this page helpful? Yes | No

Transportation Planning

Centrally located within a growing urban region, the City of Burnaby faces significant challenges in maintaining a successful transportation system for the movement of people and goods, while minimizing impacts to the community.  Transportation Planning plays an important role in implementing the City’s Official Community Plan and its strategic directions of creating a community that is more complete, environmentally aware, involved, with economic opportunity and increased transportation choice. The strategies for achieving this are contained in the Burnaby Transportation Plan.

transportation planning

Current Transportation Initiatives

Community Transportation Plan Reviews

The City undertakes Community Transportation Plans to provide a process to involve residents in addressing neighbourhood-wide transportation concerns, such as intrusion of through traffic on local streets.  Community Transportation Plans can include a mix of road improvements to encourage traffic to use the major road system and traffic calming measures to discourage traffic from using local neighbourhood streets.  Community Transportation Plans have been completed for the following areas:

  • Burnaby Heights and Capitol Hill
  • Walker / Sperling area
  • Lakeview / Sixth Street
  • Forest Glen
  • Southeast Burnaby 


Burnaby Transportation Plan

The Transportation Planning Section is responsible for the development and implementation of the Burnaby Transportation Plan. This Plan sets the direction for transportation in the City in both the short and long terms, and includes goals, policies and programs to guide the development of the transportation system in the City. The current plan was created in 1995, with periodic updates since then. It includes walking, cycling, goods movement (trucks), high occupancy vehicles, and cars. The plan is guided by a transportation vision, seven goals to guide all actions in transportation in Burnaby and 37 implementation policies.

Transportation Vision

“That the City of Burnaby, in consultation with its residents and other public and private agencies, strive to facilitate the efficient movement of people and goods in Burnaby in a cost effective manner which enhances the environment and livability of the entire community.”

Transportation Goals

The seven Transportation Goals which represent the fundamental principles to guide all actions in transportation in Burnaby include:

  1. Move People Efficiently By Road
  2. Move Goods Efficiently
  3. Reduce The Need For Travel
  4. Promote Alternative Modes
  5. Protect The Livability And Environment Of The Community
  6. Manage The Transportation System; and
  7. Inform And Educate The Community.


The Transportation Plan calls for the development over time of several integrated networks:

The transportation system in the City serves the needs of its own residents, but also regional trips travelling to or through Burnaby. Regional initiatives are primarily the responsibility of TransLink, the regional transportation agency, and include:

  • Travel Smart

    Travel SmartChoose the travel plan that best fits your needs
  • Burnaby Bike Map

    Bike MapMoreCycle Burnaby! Get around on our bike routes and urban trails. 
  • Town Centre Standards

    MoreMoreAdding to the liveability and sustainability of Burnaby's streets.