Expand Robson Square! Keep the 800-block of Robson Street vehicle-free.
  • Petitioned Mayor Gregor Robertson & Ian Jarvis, CEO Translink

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Mayor Gregor Robertson & Ian Jarvis, CEO Translink

Expand Robson Square! Keep the 800-block of Robson Street vehicle-free.

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      VPSN Vancouver

The 800-block of Robson Street - located between Hornby and Howe - is one of Vancouver's preeminent public spaces. Adjacent to Robson Square, and nestled between the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Law Courts, the block is one of the most frequented pedestrian routes in the city. But it's also a lot more than that. The space contributes substantially to the public life of Vancouver, serving as a backdrop for public gatherings, celebrations, protest rallies, cultural activities and more.

For the past two years, the 800-block has been closed to vehicles. Cars and buses have long since been re-routed.  And in recent months, now that renovations have been finished, Robson's role as a public gathering place has become further enriched through buskers, community markets and other activities. The space has enlivened the downtown core.

Sadly, much of this positive change is about to be lost.

On September 5, 2011, the 800-block will be re-opened to vehicles, and the chance to expand Robson Square – taking in the 800-block street area – will be set back.

We’re asking residents and visitors to sign our petition and show your support for keeping the 800-block closed to vehicles. At the moment there are some excellent contributions to public life taking place – many of these supported through the City's Viva Vancouver program. City Council has also said that they support the creation of an expanded Robson Square but want to defer any formal activity until an undetermined later date. 

We feel the best time to start the process is now.  Signing this petition will help to guage public support for this important initiative… especially at a point when people can experience the space vehicle-free.

The cost to expand Robson square would be next to nothing.  The benefit would be a brilliant public gathering space for all.

For those of you who have already signed our paper petition or sent us an email of support – thank you!  We’ve recorded your signatures and are grateful for your help.

And hey, if you don’t like this idea we also want to hear from you.  We will presenting Mayor and Council with the full range of feedback that we get on this issue. You can email any questions, concerns – or other Robson-related comments – our way at robsonsquare [at]vancouverpublicspace.ca.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Cox VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      We have so little car-free public space; the Olympics and post-Olympic closure of Robson proved it was not necessary as a vehicular/transit artery. I want to reclaim that space.

      • about 3 years ago

      We've got to get more pedestrian-community space into downtown ! Robson Square could finally begin to live up to its potential as the "heart" of the city downtown.

    • Cheryl McLachlan VICORIA, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      Cities should be built for PEOPLE not cars. If we can not get other forms of transportation working in dense downtown cores we are doomed. Done correctly walkable mass transit accessed downtown cores work BETTER and are CHEAPER to access for the PEOPLE that live, work and shop in the downtown core!

    • Laura Oomen VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      We have an amazing transit system in Vancouver and it is under utilized in this city especially biking. We only have one plant and we can reduce our carbon foot path by creating more public parks then we should. Secondly we are losing our sense of community and becoming an individual person society ...all about the "I". Creating more space for people to gather and share resources creates relationships, cuts down on the individual cost and creates a bond with the city/people within it.

    • radha tai-grace VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      Cities need a heart - a place to call the center -like all European cities have the town square - Vancouver is missing that place and this spot would be the perfect location for such a space.


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