Abbotsford is a mid-sized city in southern British Columbia, adjacent to the greater Vancouver area and the Canada-USA border.
In June 2016, Abbotsford adopted a new Official Community Plan that emphasizes the importance of people-centric design of streets and prioritizes walking and biking as optimal modes of transportation.
The plan’s 26 policies aim to prioritize people over cars (Part III – 3 – 3). Policy 3.7 titled “Sidewalk and Pedestrian Pathway Design” specifically aims to “Investigate innovative street approaches such as complete streets, shared streets, and pedestrian streets” (Part III – 3 – 6).
In a localized context, the City of Abbotsford and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) joined together to develop the UDistrict Vision and the UFV Campus Plan. The City and UFV started collaborating in 2011 to create the UDistrict Vision and City Council formally endorsed the UDistrirct document in May 2012. Provisions for creating a Complete Street on McKenzie Rd (East of the UFV campus) are part of the UDistrict Vision (p. 30).