BMO Vancouver Marathon road closures and transit changes

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BMO Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is taking over the streets of the city this weekend as thousands of runners will compete in the grueling 42.2 km race, half marathon and 8 km run.

This marathon is one of the top destination marathons in the world and is a qualifier for the prestigious Boston Marathon. 18,000 athletes will be following the race course that runs through Stanley Park, Downtown, Kitsilano, Point Grey, Dunbar, Kerrisdale and the Cambie corridor. The marathon begins at Queen Elizabeth Park and finishes on West Pender Street Downtown.

Dozens of streets will be closed on Sunday, May 3 and a few will also be closing early on Saturday, May 2. Before travel plans are made, check out the following road closures and transit detours:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Coal Harbour:

  • CLOSED: Thurlow St. from Eveleigh St. to W. Cordova St. – noon to 7 p.m., May 3.
  • CLOSED: W. Hastings St. from Bute St. to Burrard St. – noon to 7 p.m., May 3.
  • CLOSED: W. Pender St. from Bute St. to Burrard St. – noon to 7 p.m., May 3.

Riley Park / Queen Elizabeth Park / Hillcrest

  • CLOSED: Midlothian Ave. from Dinmont Ave. to Clancy Loranger Way – 5 p.m. to 1 p.m., May 3.
  • CLOSED: Midlothian Ave. from 29th Ave. to Ontario St. – 10 p.m. to 10 a.m., May 3.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Coal Harbour:

  • CLOSED: Thurlow St. from Eveleigh St. to W. Cordova St. – until 7 p.m.
  • CLOSED: W. Hastings St. from Bute St. to Burrard St. – until 7 p.m.
  • CLOSED: W. Pender St. from Bute St. to Burrard St. – until 7 p.m.
  • CLOSED: W. Pender St. from Georgia St. to Bute St. – 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Downtown / West End:

  • CLOSED: Denman St. from Georgia St. to Seawall – 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Dunsmuir Viaduct – 6:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Beach Ave. from Stanley Park to Denman St. – 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • ONE EAST BOUND LANE CLOSED, WEST BOUND LANES OPEN: Beach Ave. from Denman St. to Jervis St. – 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • ONE EAST BOUND LANE CLOSED, WEST BOUND LANES OPEN: Pacific St. from Jervis St. to Burrard St. – 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • EAST BOUND LANES CLOSED, LOCAL TRAFFIC USE ONLY BEACH AT HOWE ST.: Beach Ave. from Jervis St. to Granville St. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • CLOSED LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY USE BEACH AVE AT HOWE ST.: Granville St. from Beach Ave. to Pacific Blvd. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • EAST BOUND LANES CLOSED: Pacific St. from Richards St. to Seymour St. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • WEST BOUND LANES CLOSED, EAST BOUND LANES OPEN: Pacific Blvd. from Seymour St. to Cambie St. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Homer St. from Pender St. to Robson St. – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Robson St. from Homer St. to Hamilton St. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Hamilton St. from Robson St. to Smithe St. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Helmcken St. from Mainland St. to Homer St. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Mainland St. from Smithe St. to Davie St. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • CLOSED: David St. from Mainland St. to Pacific Blvd. – 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • SOUTH BOUND LANE OPEN, TWO NORTH BOUND LANES OPEN: Burrard St. Bridge – Cornwall St. to Pacific St. – 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Cambie St. Bridge (North Bound) – from West 2nd Ave. to Pacific Blvd. – 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Yaletown / Chinatown:

  • LOCAL ACCESS: Abbot St. at W. Pender St.
  • ALL SOUTH BOUND LANES CLOSED, ONE NORTH BOUND LANE OPEN, LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY: Quebec St. / Columbia St. from 1st Ave. to E. Pender St. – 6:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
  • EAST BOUND LANES CLOSED, WEST BOUND LANES OPEN: E. Pender St. from Columbia St. to Homer St. – 6:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Union St. from Main St. to Expo Blvd. – 6:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

South Cambie / Oakridge / Fairview:

  • NORTH BOUND LANES CLOSED: Cambie St. from W. 29th Ave. to Pacific Blvd. – 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
  • SOUTH BOUND LANES CLOSED: Cambie St. from W. King Edward Ave. to W. 49th Ave. – 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • NORTH BOUND LANES CLOSED: Cambie St. from W. 41st Ave. to W. 49th Ave. – 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • LOCAL ACCESS: Granville St. from W. 41st Ave. to W. 70th Ave. – 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • LOCAL ACCESS: Oak St. from W. 41st Ave. to W. 70th Ave. – 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Stanley Park:

  • CLOSED: All roads in Stanley Park, except for causeway – 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • FULL/PARTIAL CLOSURE: Stanley Park Seawall – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Riley Park / Queen Elizabeth Park / Hillcrest

  • CLOSED: Midlothian Ave. from Dinmont Ave. to Clancy Loranger Way – until 1 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Midlothian Ave. from 29th Ave. to Ontario St. – until 10 a.m.
  • CLOSED: 33rd Ave. at Main St. – midnight to noon
  • LOCAL ACCESS: Hillcrest Community Centre / Residents – Main at 30th Ave.
  • CLOSED: W. 29th Ave. from Cambie St. to Midlothian Ave. – 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • PARK ACCESS: Queen Elizabeth Park – Main St. at 37th Ave. – 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • LOCAL ACCESS: Cambie St. to Main St. from King Edward Ave. to 41st Ave. – 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

UBC / Endowment Lands / Pacific Spirit Park / Dunbar / Southlands / Kerrisdale

  • WEST BOUND LANES CLOSED: W. 49th Ave. from SW Marine Dr. to Cambie St. – 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • WEST BOUND LANES CLOSED: SW Marine Dr. from Camosun St. to 49th Ave. – 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • CLOSED: W. 41st Ave. from Crown St. to Camosun St. / SW Marine Dr. – 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Camosun St. from 29th Ave. to SW Marine Dr. – 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • CLOSED: W. 29th Ave. from Imperial Dr. to Camosun St. – 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Imperial Dr. from W. 16th Ave. to W. 29th Ave. – 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • EAST BOUND TRAFFIC CLOSED: W. 16th Ave. from Imperial Dr. to Wesbrook Mall – 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • WEST BOUND TRAFFIC CLOSED: SW Marine Dr. to Wesbrook Mall – 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • CLOSED: Blanca St. from 16th Ave. to 10th Ave. – 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • NORTH BOUND LANES CLOSED: NW/SW Marine Dr. from Chancellor Blvd. to W. 16th Ave. – 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • LOCAL ACCESS: 41st Ave. and Dunbar St.
Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Point Grey / Kitsilano:

  • CLOSED: NW Marine Dr. from Chancellor Blvd. to 4th Ave. – 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Belmont Ave. from NW Marine Dr. to Discovery St. – 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • PARK ACCESS: Belmont Ave. and Marine Dr. – 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Discovery St. from NW Marine Dr. to Jericho – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • ONE WEST BOUND LANE CLOSED, EAST BOUND LANES OPEN – W. 4th Ave. from NW Marine Dr. to Highbury St. – 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • LOCAL ACCESS: W. 4th Ave. at Trimble St. – 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Alma St. from Point Grey Rd. to W. 4th Ave. – 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • LOCAL ACCESS: W. 2nd Ave. at Alma St. – 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Point Grey Rd. from Highbury St. to Trafalgar St. – 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Cornwall from Chestnut St. to Cypress St. – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Cornwall from Trafalgar St. to Arbutus St. – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • MARINE ACCESS: Whyte Ave. and Chestnut St. – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Image: BMO Vancouver Marathon

TransLink detours and changes:

TransLink will increase Canada Line service to help runners and spectators get to the start line for the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday, May 3. Several bus routes in the race area will also be modified to accommodate the marathon and half-marathon routes.

  • Canada Line service begins at its usual 4:48 a.m. from Waterfront Station and 5:02 a.m. from Richmond Brighouse. Peak service level will be in effect until 8 a.m.
  • Several bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon. The following routes are affected: 2, 9, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C19, C20, C21, and C23.
  • SkyTrain and SeaBus will operate regular Sunday service; there is no Sunday service on the West Coast Express.

For cyclists, TravelSmart is sponsoring BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which will offer secure temporary bike storage for up to 120 bikes, free of charge. The valet will be open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Bute Street, between Hastings and Cordova.

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