The Comox Greenway is being developed in two sections. Section 1 is Comox and Helmcken streets in the West End (between Stanley Park and Hornby Street) which will be a cycling and walking route and is expected to be constructed in early 2013 if approved by Council in 2012 November.

In Yaletown, Section 2 will be divided into a walking route along Helmcken Street and a cycling route along Hornby and Drake streets that will connect to False Creek and the existing separated bike lanes on Hornby Street.

Benefits of the Comox-Helmcken Greenway Project

  • Connect parks, schools, community centres, cultural features, historic sites, neighbourhoods and retail areas
  • Encourage people of all ages and abilities to explore their city by walking or wheeling by bicycle, wheelchair, stroller, skateboard and in-line skates in a comfortable, convenient and interesting way
  • Improve pedestrian and cyclist safety
  • Beautify the street with gardens and trees
  • Provide places to sit, rest and socialize
  • Create vibrant hubs for social activity


Proposed Route

Helmcken Street: Burrard Street to False Creek (walking route)

    Helmcken Street is a street in transition. As the street re-develops we will incrementally improve the walking environment with:

  • Buildings setback from the street
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Street trees
  • Pedestrian lighting
  • Other amenities to match what has already been improved over the years
  • The cycling portion of the route will be along Hornby and Drake.

Hornby Street: Helmcken Street to Drake Street (cycling route)

Since going out for the initial Comox-Helmcken Greenway public consultation in September 2011, the Hornby separated bike lanes were made permanent in June 2012. As a result, the proposed plan will connect to the existing separated bike lanes on Hornby Street.

The walking route will continue to be along Helmcken as envisioned in the initial consultation.