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Sidewalks

Looking down Surrey sidewalk.

Sidewalks in Surrey are constructed as part of our Walking Plan and as part of the Safe and Active Schools Program. Sidewalk projects in Surrey make walking in Surrey safe and convenient, and promotes walking to school, to the bus stop, and around the city.

Priority continues to be on missing links in the annual sidewalk program, particularly on routes to schools. We include curb bulges and median refuges in our sidewalk projects and program. We're also adding these devices to Surrey's new road designs.

Funding for sidewalk projects

We find funding for sidewalk projects from:

  • Capital Roadworks
  • Capital Sidewalk Program
  • Developments
  • Local Area Service Program

Capital Roadworks

We usually construct sidewalks in Surrey when we do capital road projects like widening roads or adding bike lanes or left-turn lanes through our 10-Year Servicing Plan. This is the most common way that sidewalks are built on arterial roads.

Capital Sidewalk Program

We also build new sidewalks through our capital sidewalk program. We generally prioritize locations based on:

  • immediate proximity to schools and transit routes
  • density of land use in the area (apartments, townhouses, small lots, large lots, etc.),
  • whether there is a sidewalk on the other side of the road
  • whether redevelopment is expected to occur soon

Through the program we also construct road crossings like curb extensions and median refuge crossings, and retrofit existing sidewalks and replace curb letdowns.

View before-and-after photos of some of our past projects:

Sidewalk on 184 Street near Sundance Drive

Sidewalk on 184 Street - before     Sidewalk on 184 Street - after

Sidewalk on 184 Street at Don Christian Elementary School access

Sidewalk on 184 Street - before     Sidewalk on 184 Street - after

Sidewalk on 98 Avenue at 123 Street

Sidewalk on 98 Avenue - before     Sidewalk on 98 Avenue - after

Curb bulges on 62A Avenue and Charbray Place

Curb bulges on 62A Avenue and Charbray Place - before     Curb bulges on 62A Avenue and Charbray Place - after

Curb bulges and crosswalk on 172 Street and 63 Avenue

Curb bulges on 172 Street and 63 Avenue - before     Curb bulges on 172 Street and 63 Avenue - after

Developments

Many sidewalks in Surrey are built through development of the adjacent land. When land along most roads is subdivided or rezoned, the developer must construct the road frontage(s) to the City's current standard, which usually consists of paving, curb and gutter, grass boulevard and street trees, streetlights, and sidewalks.

Since the developer only has to improve his frontage, there are often temporary gaps in the sidewalk spanning undeveloped properties.

This is the most common way that sidewalks are built on local roads and collector roads.

Local Area Service Program

The Local Area Service Program allows homeowners to share costs with the City to construct frontage improvements, including sidewalks. This is a way to speed up sidewalk construction.

For more information on sidewalks in Surrey, contact the Transportation Planning, Engineering Department at transportation@surrey.ca or 604-591-4853.