About this project
Burnaby is building dozens of new sidewalks in response to what we’ve heard from residents, businesses and community organizations. You told us that Burnaby needs a high-quality pedestrian network—and we’re delivering.
Sidewalks are an important part of Burnaby’s transportation network. They connect our neighbourhoods and provide a safe, accessible and comfortable option for people walking and rolling to meet their daily needs. They support community health, improve access for people using wheelchairs, scooters and strollers, and provide a climate-friendly travel option.
Construction plans for 2021 and 2022
The City plans to build more than 20 kilometers of new sidewalks each year. In 2021, we’re building more than 30 new sidewalks throughout the city and are planning a similar number for 2022.
The interactive map below features the new sidewalks planned in the 2021 and 2022 programs.
Click on a highlighted street in the map or a street named under List of New Sidewalks for more information, including scope of work and contact information.
How were these streets chosen?
Priority for sidewalk construction was given to streets near transit, schools, parks, seniors’ housing and community centres.
We're developing a specific plan for each street receiving a new sidewalk. Wherever possible, sidewalk projects will provide:
- separated sidewalks with boulevard space between the sidewalk and curb
- sidewalks on both sides of the street
- sidewalks that meander around large trees (to save trees) or obstacles such as power poles
- grassed boulevards with trees
- street lighting, signage and drainage improvements
- wheelchair ramps at every street corner
- traffic calming measures such as curb bulges on local roads or speed humps in school zones
Designs will be modified to accommodate special site constraints. All construction will take place on City land. Individual homeowners will be contacted directly if the project impacts their property.
Property owners and occupants adjacent to a planned sidewalk and in surrounding neighbourhoods will be contacted in the calendar year before the year construction is scheduled to begin, and again before sidewalk construction begins. If major changes are proposed, the City will contact property owners directly. For instance, if a sidewalk project requires all the space within the City right-of-way, private features such as landscaping and retaining walls may need to be relocated back onto private property.
Have questions or comments?
Once you have received notification of a sidewalk project on your street or in your neighbourhood, please feel free to ask questions or provide comments by calling 604-294-7988 or emailing [email protected].
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on our 2022 scheduled sidewalks! We’re now in the process of reviewing all neighbourhood feedback. Our team will work to incorporate your identified issues and concerns in the design process for each new project.
Did you know?
- New sidewalks will be funded from the City’s existing capital reserves and don’t require any additional funding from taxpayers.
- When construction requires removal of a tree, at least one replacement tree is planted in an appropriate location. The number of replacement trees planted depends on the size and species of the tree removed.
- Sidewalk construction creates new green space and vegetation, helping us meet our civic commitment to addressing climate change and supporting a healthy and livable community.