The little-known Converting Numbered Streets to Named Streets Act will phase out numbered street signs and replace them with words. The move was included in a batch of legislation being updated during the current session of the Legislature.
City of Vancouver is already making plans to change signs on its 77 numbered streets, according to a list leaked from the Manitoba Works Yard.
All 22 former living and deceased members of punk rock legends DOA and the top 44 British Columbia Olympic medalists of all-time will be honoured with streets in their names. The first set of streets being rebranded will act as a tribute to the 11-member 1915 Stanley Cup champion Vancouver Millionaires, the only Vancouver team to win professional hockey’s top prize: Mickey MacKay; Johnny Matz; Cyclone Taylor; Frank Nighbor; Barney Stanley; Lloyd Cook; Silas Griffis; Ken Mallen; Frank Patrick; Jim Seaborn and Hugh Lehman.
The first new street sign to be unveiled in B.C. will transform 12th Avenue, on which Vancouver City Hall’s south entrance is located, into Cyclone Taylor Way. It is an apt move, because the Millionaires’ star became a civic bureaucrat in his later years.
A ceremony is planned before noon on April 1 at city hall with members of city council. The masters of ceremony will be the city’s co-directors of street identity and neighbourhood branding, Si Yuediyi and Avril Tromper.