Illumilane 2016


IllumiLane is an interactive light up bike and walk way that integrates art into active transportation. Our purpose is to promote walking and cycling as safe, fun, and practical transportation choices, especially at night.


Main Activities

With the help of Hfour, we built a 50 metre stretch of lights that uses pressure sensors to light up the cyclist path at their speed. If the cyclist rides below 20 km/h, they’re rewarded with a pulse of rainbow lights ahead of them. If the cyclist rides faster than 20 km/h, the lights flash red as a warning to slow down. Meanwhile, the pedestrian pathway lights up in a constant pattern of brightly coloured lights. Ultimately, IllumiLane improves visibility, safety, and attractiveness of the path at night.

Outcomes and Impact

Our project successfully touched upon these outcomes:

  • Promote walking and cycling as fun, practical, and healthy transportation choices
  • Support a positive cyclist-pedestrian relationship
  • Integrate art into active transportation infrastructure
  • Encourage interaction with public art at night

Many cyclists returned to re-ride the pathway and 90% of survey respondents wanted to see the project repeated or made permanent, and gave us positive feedback for future implementation. Our stewardship proposal is for the City of Vancouver to install IllumiLane permanently along the seawall at Stanley Park or False Creek, and for other organizations to recreate IllumiLane for events.

Our Group

  • Jessica Broomfield | UBC
  • Sarah Duggan | SFU
  • Grace Lam | SFU
  • Thomas Nichini | UBC

Key City Staff

  • Emory Davidge, Engagement Specialist | NEFC Area Plan Project Team
  • Karen Henry, Senior Cultural Planner | Public Art, Planning & Facilities Development
  • Paul Krueger, Lead Planner | Transportation Planning

City Strategies

  • North East False Creek Area Plan 11 Guiding Principles
  • Public Art Boost
  • Transportation 2040

Project Partner – Hfour Design Studio

Hfour is an experiential design studio. They create immersive experiences for branded environments, public spaces, and performance events. As specialists in art, design, technology, and storytelling, we provide a unique understanding of people’s innate desire for engagement.

For more information please visit:, @hfourstudio


We would like to thank Hfour for their expertise and valuable time they dedicated to our project. We would also like to thank Portable Electric for their generous in-kind donation to provide our project with clean energy.

Please read the final report here

Imagination Zone

CityStudio proposed the formation of the City of Vancouver’s first Imagination Zone. Based on the Dublin Studio (DCC Studio) we propose the Imagination Zone as a place of possibility, experimentation and learning for the “Creative City”.

Our project aims to start a conversation with artists and the public, to begin envisioning and prototyping with what could become part of our City in an Imagination Zone. The Imagination Zone project demonstrates that this is a space for trial and learning- as opposed to trial and error. We hope that our pilot projects will invite the participation of citizens in collaborative city building.


We are CityStudio Vancouver, an innovation and experimentation hub for the City of Vancouver where students, city staff and community members co-create, design and launch projects on the ground. The central mission of CityStudio is to innovate and experiment with the ways cities are co-created, while teaching students the skills needed to collaborate on real projects in Vancouver with City staff and community stakeholders.

These projects improve our city and enrich our neighbourhoods, making the city more livable, joyful and sustainable. CityStudio launched in 2011 as a collaboration between the City of Vancouver and the city’s six post-secondary institutions to engage students in the hands-on work necessary to implement city strategies.