As British Columbia’s second largest city grows, it must grow in a way that is sustainable, livable, and affordable. There are lessons to be learnt from the design of Vancouver, both good and bad.
Below is a comparison of Surrey and Vancouver.
- (Click to Sharpen)
How to read the maps:
- Vancouver is on the bottom, Surrey on the top.
- Green lines:
- The FTN of Surrey: 15/20 minutes or better all day weekdays, (Note the 501 operates 30 minute frequencies but for the purpose of this post is included.)
- The VFTN (Very Frequent Transit Network) of Vancouver: 8 mins or better all day weekdays
- Orange lines: Highways
- Purple, Red, Pink circles: Metro centres, Municipal/Community centres, Regional centres respectively
- The yellow line shows the zone boundaries of Vancouver. Interestingly, the same zones can be applied onto surrey.
- Comparing Physical & Political Land uses
-Surrey is bordered to the north with the Fraser River, and to the East, West and South with the Protected Agriculture belts.
-Vancouver is Bordered to the North, South, and West by water, and to the east with the City of Burnaby.
- Comparing Roads & Bridges:
-Hwy 1 – Hwy 1
-Port Mann – 2nd Narrows
-41st Ave – 72nd Ave
-Fraser Hwy – Kingsway
-KG Blvd – Cambie
-Lions Gate – Pattullo
-Knight – 152nd Street.
-Scott Rd – Granville St
-104th St. – Hastings
-Hwy 10 – Marine Dr.
- Comparing the FTN to the VFTN:
-Lions Gate Bridge Buses – SkyBridge Skytrain
-#321 – Canada Line-Richmond
-#351 – Sea Island Canada Line Section
-#502 – Expo Line
-#501 – Millennium Line
-#345/375 – #3
-#595/501 – #130
-#340 – #41
- Comparing the Centres
-North Shore – New Westminster
-UBC – East Richmond/North Delta
-Richmond – White Rock
-YVR – Ladner
-Vancouver Centre – Surrey Centre
-Walnut Grove – Brentwood
-Coquitlam Centre – Lynn Valley Centre
-Newton – Joyce/Collingwood
-Scottsdale – Oakridge
- Comparing the Cities:
-It’s hard to envision it, but I believe that Surrey will grow up to be just like Vancouver not that long from now. As seen in the maps above, the 2 cities are built similarly, and Surrey will grow to be like Vancouver over time. There are lessons to be learnt from Vancouver’s design, and Surrey’s planners only need to look a few killometres away to learn what’s need to be done and how.
Last note: To find out more, you can review the ‘Transport 2040” Document. If you have not seen it yet, be sure to check out my comments about the differences in the 2 cities bus systems in my last post.