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The Ontario Greenway
The Ontario Greenway reimagines Vancouver's Ontario Street in the year 2050 as a car-free linear park through the city. The project layers active transportation, opportunities for recreation, blue-green systems, and public safety along a versatile public space, linking 4 of the city's community centers and disaster relief hubs. A 4m wide bikeway allows for emergency vehicle access, but meanders in a curvilinear form to provide interest and manage the speed of cyclists. This intervention is designed with the assumption that Vancouver meets its current targets for sustainable transportation, and will push these goals further amidst new challenges, including the introduction of autonomous vehicles and a 35% increase in density. The project specifically considers three traffic intersections along the greenway to explore its integration within a futuristic urban context. Programming along the bikeway responds to the surrounding built form, with interactive rain gardens and urban agriculture occupying low density blocks, and public plaza and park spaces adjacent to mid-rise and high-rise buildings.