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West End Traffic Circle Gardens

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 — 1:19pm PDT
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Lying between bustling downtown business hubs and Stanley Park, Vancouver’s West End is a very special neighbourhood. It’s a place where birds sing and heritage houses become museums, community facilities, and B&Bs. Cherry blossoms line the streets in early spring, tulips pop out in late April, and a lush green canopy hangs over roadways throughout the summer. It’s also a place where traffic circles have gardens.

West End Traffic Circles
Haro and Broughton

West End Traffic Circles West End Traffic Circles
Haro and Jervis

West End Traffic Circles
Nelson and Jervis

West End Traffic Circles
Nelson and Comox

West End Traffic Circles West End Traffic Circles
Nelson and Comox

West End Traffic Circles
Broughton and Barclay

These gardens are all maintained by volunteers through the City of Vancouver’s Green Streets program. There are currently over 350 street gardens around Vancouver that are cared for by volunteers and marked with yellow signs.

West End Traffic Circles

We’re very fortunate to live in a place where so many colourful blossoms line our paved thoroughfares, adding a breathe of fresh air and summer spirit to our daily routines.

Should you spot a green sign, that means the space is available for gardening and you can apply to become its volunteer gardener. If your neighbourhood doesn’t have a traffic circle, you can apply for one of those too.

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  1. TylerIngram says:

    I do like how they have gardens in the roundabouts, but I really DISLIKE how cyclists think they have right-of-way and just blaze through while I am in the roundabout with my car ๐Ÿ˜‰ and how a lot of vancouver drivers don’t understand that they must YEILD to traffic in the roundabout.

    Other than that, nice photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. @TylerIngram – I conveniently wrote a post about “How to Drive a Roundabout” last year:

  3. Tom says:

    These roundabouts were created in the 70’s largely to discourage through traffic. i.e. johns driving round and round looking for prostitutes!

  4. Thank you to all the gardening volunteers…the roundabout’s are beautiful! Keep up the good work…you all help to make Vancouver the best!

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