BikeBC funding helps local cycling projects move ahead
March 10, 2015
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's cycling infrastructure cost-sharing program, BikeBC, allows municipalities across BC to apply for important investments. Over the years, BikeBC funds have resulted in over 100 cycling-related projects, ranging in size and scope from bike lanes and separated bike paths, to shared roadways, shoulder bikeways and bicycle/pedestrian overpasses.
MoTI recently announced a series of investments in Coquitlam, Surrey and North Vancouver (City and District) that will help connect the region's cycling network:
Crosstown Bike Route (Phase 3) - a multi-use, off-road separated bike path between Dewdney Trunk Road and Johnson Street at Glen Drive. This is an important north south connection for Coquitlam.
Fraser Heights Greenway - a shared, multi-use path on 108 Avenue, as well as a separated multi-use path on the former 154 Street. This will showcase separated cycling infrastructure for Surrey, and connect Surrey City Centre with the Port Mann Bridge, as well as a bus stop at 156 Street (near Highway 1), which connects with Lougheed Mall and the Central Valley Greenway
Improvements along 105A Avenue - The addition of bike boxes and bike lanes will help make this very important route much safer, and improve connections from Surrey City Centre to the Port Mann Bridge, via the North Surrey bike route over the new bike bridge at 109 Ave & 144 St.
North Shore Spirit Trail - This multi-use trail will connect the Squamish Nation Waterfront Greenway and the Bewicke section of the Spirit Trail in the City of North Vancouver, an important milestone. When completed, it will be possible to safely bike between the Lions Gate Bridge, Lonsdale Quay and eastward to 3rd Street where the Spirit Trail currently ends. The agreement between the Squamish Nation and the City of North Vancouver to build the path at the Mosquito Creek Marina is greatly appreciated.
Lynn Valley Road bike lanes - Bike lanes will make it safer for all Lynn Valley Road users between William Avenue and Mollie Nye Way. This is part of a larger project to connect Lynn Valley in the District of North Vancouver with the City of North Vancouver's already completed bike lanes on Boulevard Crescent.