Reflecting Vancouver

Urbanism and Life on the West Coast

Seaside Greenway: Desire Line in Kitsilano Beach Park


Kitsilano Beach Park desire path
As previously mentioned here, and well-discussed here, a preferred bicycle route through Kitsilano Beach Park to Point Grey Road remains unclear and contentious. An eastern approach through the park has been the major muddle, but a minor problem also exists on the western side, where a desire line links the new greenway with the principal east-west paved path. At the extreme southwestern corner of Kitsilano Beach Park, where the east-west path terminates, westbound bicycles tend to round the pedestrian curb at the intersection of Cornwall and Point Grey Road. Heading east, however, bicycles from Point Grey Road tend to take this dirt desire path. In rainy months, this is bound to be a muddy exercise.

Kitsilano Beach Park desire path 2
A modified curb at Cornwall and Point Grey Road may be enough to encourage eastbound use of the designated path. The desire line could also be converted to an eastbound path for bicycles, but local opinion has roundly rejected any additional pavement to ease higher bicycle volumes through the park.

On a related note, I have to ask: why is there a chain-link fence along the east-west path at all? An extra half-metre of space could easily be reclaimed to alleviate bike-pedestrian conflicts.


Author: Chris

I'm the author of Reflecting Vancouver, a West Coast blog devoted to urbanism, culture, politics, philosophy, and everyday living in Vancouver. Right now I'm taking a break to travel.

3 thoughts on “Seaside Greenway: Desire Line in Kitsilano Beach Park

  1. Opposition to a paved bike path through Kits and Hadden parks is both selfish and unequitable; the lack of a designated separate path for cyclists discriminates against their rights to access the beach and parks. The opposition is also irrelevant in that cyclists freely travel through these parks both on the existing shared pedestrian and bike path as well as the “desired paths” in Kits and Hadden parks as worn into the ground by frequent cyclist use. The conflict between cyclists and pedestrians on the shared path clearly calls for a separated path, and simply paving the already existing “desired path” just recognizes the demonstrated need. Bike paths are not “substantial development” of these parks and do not break any covenants.

    • Hi Susan, thanks for your comment; I generally agree. However, in the case of Hadden Park where a lawsuit was threatened, the Park Board was not interested in finding out whether a court also shared this opinion. It doesn’t surprise me that the Board abandoned the Kitsilano Beach Park segment given local discontent and the approaching election. I think the Park Board could have avoided the mess had they solicited more local feedback on the proposed design, as the City did for the rest of the greenway.

  2. Pingback: Muddied Desires in Kitsilano Beach Park | Reflecting Vancouver

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s