VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant pedestrian spaces


The VIVA Vancouver program, which transforms road spaces into vibrant pedestrian space was launched in 2011.

Potential Significance

VIVA Vancouver transforms roads into pedestrian spaces by facilitating short-term street closures, creating public spaces for walking, lounging and eating. The program is meant to foster a sense of community by creating welcoming public spaces, encouraging active forms of transportation (walking and cycling) and promoting vibrant local businesses. Projects have included summer closures of the 800-block Robson and parts of Granville, both of which involved programming and events, and various parklets.


  • VIVA Vancouver is a program that transforms road spaces into vibrant pedestrian spaces.
  • In collaboration with community groups, local businesses, and regional partners, VIVA facilitates short- and long-term street closures throughout the year, creating public spaces for walking, lounging, and lunching.
  • These spaces enhance the city’s sense of community, encourage walking and cycling, and benefit local businesses.