Description

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.

Background

  • 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.

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