POSTED: Wednesday February 24th 2010

Public reminded to travel smart as thousands expected in downtown Vancouver on February 28 as the 2010 Olympic Winter Games come to a close

Vancouver 2010 - February 12-28

VANCOUVER, Feb. 24 - With large crowds anticipated to join in Olympic-related festivities in Vancouver's downtown on Sunday, February 28 - the final day of the Games - measures have been taken to facilitate the flow of traffic and pedestrians and to provide numerous celebration locations.

  Road Restrictions
  -  Cambie Street Bridge being temporarily closed between 8:00 am and
      midnight for the Closing Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
      Winter Games.
  -  This major city thoroughfare will remain open to pedestrians and
      cyclists during the temporary bridge closure, which is four hours
      earlier than the noon closure implemented on February 10 and 12.
  -  Beatty Street (between Smithe and Dunsmuir) and Robson Street
      (between Cambie and Beatty) will also temporarily close to vehicles
      and have limited access for pedestrians during this time period, 8:00
      am to midnight.
  -  These earlier closures are required to support the Olympic Closing
      Ceremony and the movement of 600 to 700 motorcoaches, a dozen
      motorcades and tens of thousands of spectators, media, athletes,
      volunteers, and headline performers involved in the ceremony.
  -  Although record numbers of people are continuing to use public
      transit, several streets in the downtown area - in particular
      Hastings Street - are experiencing traffic congestion. Everyone is
      encouraged to continue to use sustainable modes of transportation and
      leave vehicles at home.
  Celebration Locations
  -  For those not attending the ceremony or the gold medal match of the
      men's ice hockey tournament, which also takes place on February 28,
      other activities are available:
      -  Robson Square and LiveCity Yaletown will broadcast the ceremony on
        large outdoor screens
      -  Tens of thousands are expected along the Vancouver waterfront to
        watch the extinguishing of the Vancouver 2010 cauldron at Jack
        Poole Plaza, signifying the official end to the 2010 Olympic
        Winter Games.
  Safety reminder for pedestrians and drivers:
  -  The general public are asked to take extra care in their travels, no
      matter what mode of transport they choose.
  -  Vehicles and cyclists are reminded to slow down, be prepared for new
      traffic measures and drive with extra care given changes to the road
      network and the increase in foot traffic in the downtown core.
  -  Closed roadways may still be used by venue traffic, therefore
      pedestrians should stay off roadways and remain on safe, dedicated
      pedestrian routes such as sidewalks, seaside paths and specially
      designated pedestrian corridors.
  Important `Know Before You Go' Tips
  Residents, drivers and visitors are encouraged to 'know before they go'
and prepare for increased volumes:
  -  Leave the car behind for the remainder of the Games and in particular
      on February 27 and 28: Parking and stopping restrictions will still
      be in effect on many streets downtown, and more people will be moving
      around the downtown core.
  -  Allow for more travel time: Wait times on public transit out of the
      downtown in the afternoon peak of 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm will be longer
      than usual.
  -  Be in your seat: Spectators with ceremony tickets are asked to be in
      their seats no later than 3:30 pm on February 28. The final hockey
      game will be broadcast inside BC Place beginning at 1:30 pm.
  -  Visit the official spectator guide at to
      find out more about accessible drop-off locations and accessible
      routes from transit stations for people with mobility challenges.
  -  Use dedicated pedestrian routes: Pedestrian corridors on streets such
      as Granville and Robson will continue to operate on February 28. At
      noon, some or all of the road space will become pedestrian only areas
      until midnight.
  -  Watch out for bus traffic: Approximately 600 to 700 motorcoaches and
      hundreds of transit buses will travel and/or park on many downtown
      streets between 8:00 am and midnight on February 28.

"The final day of the Olympic Winter Games is expected to be one of the busiest we've experienced so far. We expect the crowds in the downtown core to be large, given the excitement we've witnessed so far in Vancouver during the Games," said Terry Wright, executive vice president of services and Games operations of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), on behalf of the Olympic and Paralympic Transportation Team (OPTT). "We greatly appreciate the support of the citizens of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland who have made these Games successful by leaving the car behind and choosing sustainable modes of transportation."

"Come downtown to celebrate this weekend but don't bring your car, in particular on Sunday, February 28 - take transit, walk or cycle and plan ahead for extra travel time," added Penny Ballem, city manager, City of Vancouver. "We all need to work together to make the Closing Ceremony and the festivities that night a success for all, from families to spectators to the athletes. With large crowds, we also ask that people continue to celebrate responsibly and in a safe manner by being mindful of others on our streets."

For the most up-to-date transportation information during the Games, visit The website portal directs users to the appropriate OPTT member website for the information they are seeking, such as the City of Vancouver, Resort Municipality of Whistler, TransLink, BC Transit, or VANOC.

Travelling on Monday, March 1, 2010

The public is reminded that travelling into downtown Vancouver or to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Monday, March 1 - the first day after the Games end - will not be business as usual.

The airport is preparing for record crowds as 39,000 Olympians, officials, media, visitors and other passengers catch flights home. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport up to four hours in advance of their flight. Most of the Games-time road closures in the city will also remain in place so commuters should continue to travelsmart.

For the most up-to-date transportation information, including public transit options to the airport, visit and

About the OPTT

Members of the Olympic and Paralympic Transportation Team (OPTT) are VANOC, the City of Vancouver, Resort Municipality of Whistler, TransLink, BC Transit, the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit. Planning is also supported by other partners, including Transport Canada and the municipalities of Richmond and West Vancouver.

For further information: Media Contacts: VANOC Communications, Tel: (604) 403-1611, E-mail:; City of Vancouver, Corporate Communications, (604) 871-6336; Jessica Delaney, Resort Municipality of Whistler, (604) 935-8104,; Ken Hardie, TransLink, (604) 453-4606; Joanna Morton, BC Transit, (250) 995-5720,; Dave Crebo, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, (250) 387-7787; V2010 ISU Public Affairs, (604) 247-8600; Transport Canada Communications, Pacific Region, (604) 666-1675; Brent Dozzi, District of West Vancouver, (604) 925-7157; Diana Waltmann, City of Richmond, (604) 204-8664,

# # #

Keywords · Vancouver 2010 · Olympics

Name: Vanoc Communications
Organization: VANOC
Phone: (604) 403-1161

Please refer all questions to the company listed above issuing the press release. SFC will not be able to assist you with any inquiries and disclaims any content in these press releases.