New Westminster

 

Ride your bike in New Westminster? Interested in local cycling advocacy, education or events? Attend your local HUB committee meeting to see what's happening. All are welcome - no experience required! 

Join our mailing list via groups.io to be added to our mailing list to get regular updates, follow the public discussion about cycling in New Westminster, and have your say. 

HUB Cycling views the diversity of our members and communities as assets and strive to create and sustain a diverse and culturally competent organization that reflects the populations we serve. This is central to our mission, “to get more people cycling more often” and to our ongoing efforts to remove barriers to cycling.

 

 


COMMITTEE INFORMATION


Chairs: Andrew Feltham & Garey Carlson

E-mail: newwestminster@bikehub.ca

Twitter: @HUBcyclingnw

Instagram: @Hubnewwestminster

Discord server: HUB New West Community Space

Visit wiki.bikehub.ca to view past committee agendas, meeting minutes, and other documents


MEETING INFORMATION


Monthly, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 pm (No meetings in August and December)

Location: New Westminster Public Library. 2nd Floor Ash Street Room, with an option to join virtually

Join our mailing list on groups.io to receive meeting announcements and meeting links.


MEETING CALENDAR



Get Involved!

There are many ways to get involved and help out! You can:

  • Attend monthly HUB-New Westminster meetings to identify cycling issues and to provide input on cycling projects 
  • Help organize monthly HUB-New Westminster meetings by booking meeting rooms and organizing online meeting options
  • Provide input on cycling projects to the City of New Westminster and other organizations such as TransLink and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure through letter writing, in-person meetings with staff, and participation in engagement opportunities
  • Email HUB-New Westminster contacts about cycling projects, events, and public engagement opportunities
  • Plan and assist with HUB-New Westminster’s participation in events such as Go by Bike Week and Car Free Day by coordinating participants, sponsors, and volunteers and picking up supplies (eg refreshments and bike maps) 
  • Raise public awareness of cycling projects, events and public engagement opportunities by posting on social media
  • Plan and participate in inspection rides of cycling routes 

Send an email to newwestminster@bikehub.ca if you would like to join in and help make cycling better in New Westminster.
Join our mailing list on groups.io to get updates, meeting announcements, and meeting links. Everyone is welcome, no experience in advocacy or active transportation is required!

News & Current Issues

  • Q2Q Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge
  • Waterfront Connections between Pier Park and Sapperton Landing
  • City of New Westminster Master Transportation Plan.
  • Central Valley Greenway—Read more
  • Development of links from and through New Westminster to neighbouring municipalities along with better signage including to Burnaby across Tenth Avenue
  • Safety and comfort for cyclists on local bridges, including the Pattullo Bridge upgrades
  • Routes to facilitate hill climbing in New Westminster such as the Golden Hill route
  • Safe routes to school and bike facilities at the new high school 
  • Sidewalk Cycling - cycling on sidewalks isn't permitted in most of Greater Vancouver. Maple Ridge and New West are exceptions (although HUB does not necessarily support cycling on sidewalks anywhere).

Successes

  • Completion of the new secondary school, which includes a bike path along its front and ample bike parking facilities (2021)
  • Connection of the Crosstown Greenway to the west side of the new secondary school with a new multi-user path through Moody Park that connects to the new bicycle path from the intersection of 8th Street and 8th Avenue to the new school’s bike path (2021)
  • Interim treatment for the Agnes Greenway (2021)
  • Improvements to the Central Valley Greenway in New Westminster by reallocating road space to cyclists on the west side of East Columbia Street between Debeck Street and Strand Avenue (2021)
  • Connection of the London-Dublin bike route to the Crosstown Greenway via a three-block long bicycle route along 10th Street, which was also repaved (2021)
  • Separated bike lanes on the uphill sections in each direction of the 3rd Avenue/Quayside Overpass (2021)
  • Flexi-bollards added to most NW schools to improve safety for people biking and walking (2021)
  • Improvements to wayfinding signage in the vicinity of the Queensborough Bridge and along the BC Parkway (2013-2015)
  • Ride Right, Get Cycling workshop, hosted by HUB New Westminster, focused on educating new cyclists (2015)
  • Resurfacing on portions of the BC Parkway (2014 & 2015)
  • Approval from New Westminster Council for improvements to the bike route along Braid Street between Brunette Avenue and the Bailey Bridge, providing an important link between New Westminster and Coquitlam (2014)
  • Cycling into Summer workshop, hosted by HUB New Westminster, with a focus on bike tourism (2014)
  • New bike path along Eighth Street by the Anvil Centre between Columbia Street and Carnarvon Street (2014)
  • Cyclist education workshops at schools (2010-2012)
  • An updated version of the New Westminster Bicycle Map (2010)
  • Input in the implementation of the Central Valley Greenway through New Westminster (2009)
  • Pedestrian and cycling improvements on Queensborough Bridge (2006)
  • Commitment for bike end-of-trip facilities at new high school (2005)
  • Boyd Street bike lanes in Queensborough (2004)
  • Improved access ramps to both sides of Pattullo Bridge (2002)
  • Completion of the Crosstown Greenway on 7th Avenue with safe pedestrian overpass and bike signals (2001)
  • Creating of New West Bicycle Advisory Committee (2000)

2022 Municipal Elections

New Westminster Survey Results

Mayor and Council

Party/Affiliation Candidate What is your usual way of getting around the City? Will you be a champion for active transportation on council? Will you vote in favour of infrastructure projects that separate bicycles from cars and pedestrians in areas of high cycling potential? Do you support Car Free Zones around schools? Would you support a reduction in parking minimums for new construction? Do you support the current Master Transportation Plan?

Community First

Patrick Johnstone (Mayor) Walk, Bike Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chinu Das Walk, Transit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bereket Kebede Walk, Transit, Car Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jaimie McEvoy Walk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ruby Campbell Walk, Transit, Car Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tasha Henderson Walk, Bike, Car Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New West Progressives Ken Armstrong (Mayor) Car No Yes No Yes Yes
Independent Chuck Puchmayr (Mayor) Walk, Bike, Transit, Car Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

School Board

Party/Affiliation Candidate Do you support car-free zones around schools? Will you support student and staff participation in HUB’s Go By Bike Week as a school district initiative—for example, by encouraging friendly competition among schools? Would you support a stipend for district staff to purchase bicycles and bike-related components for the purpose of cycling to work, just as the Kootenay Lakes School District currently does?

Community First

Marc Andres No Yes Yes
Cheryl Sluis Yes Yes Yes
Dee Beattie Yes Yes Yes
Gurveen Dhaliwal Yes Yes No
New West Progressives Kathleen Carlsen Yes Yes Yes

 

View candidates' long answer responses here.

 

Candidates that have endorsed our Cycling Platform

Ruby Campbell, Chinu Das, Tasha Henderson, Patrick Johnstone, Bereket Kebede, Jaimie McEvoy, Nadine Nakagawa

Incumbents underlined

 

 

Reporting Concerns

If there's something that needs to be fixed within the City of New Westminster, you can fill out a Transportation Action Request Form with the city's Engineering Department. You can also report it through the See Click Fix App, free to use on your mobile device. 

 

Cycling Maps

The City of New Westminster and TransLink have created maps of the cycling networks in New Westminster to help all cyclists navigate safely and comfortably on their bikes. These maps are updated regularly to provide current information on cycling and show the comfort levels of each route based on how separated it is from traffic. PDF versions of the maps for New Westminster are available at the links below. Cycling maps for other Metro Vancouver municipalities are available at bikehub.ca/maps.

 

Cycling 'Hot Spots' in New Westminster 

As part of HUB's State of Cycling project, BikeMaps.org produced a series of maps highlighting conflict areas for cyclists across Metro Vancouver. See the map for 'hot spots' in New Westminster. Please note that these maps show conflicts, but don't account for ridership levels. You can log conflicts/crashes and near misses on BikeMaps.org. Help improve cycling infrastructure and close 'gaps' by getting involved with HUB's work in your area. See details above for the New Westminster Local Committee. Special thanks to BikeMaps.org for all their help and assistance producing these maps.