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Coquitlam Bike Routes

Blog by Rebecca Permack | May 20th, 2010

Getting from Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby to Coquitlam’s Town Centre and northeastern neighbourhoods will be easier for cyclists if a proposed bike route receives support from city council.

During Monday’s engineering committee meeting, city staff outlined a route that would connect existing bike lanes throughout the city, particularly in the Ranch Park area, where steep grades make it difficult for cyclists.

This crosstown route is meant for a nice, lazy Sunday ride for families and the inexperienced cyclist,” said Paul Lee, Coquitlam’s manager of transportation services.

In order to facilitate the connections, new lanes are expected to be added along Pinetree Way, Johnson Avenue, Guildford Way and parts of Austin Avenue. Several connector routes would also be added in the Ranch Park area, Lee said.

If it is completed, the cross-town bike route would be 17 km long, with 60% of the route located along existing bike paths. Signs and specially painted bike lanes would cost taxpayers $40,000 and staff expects the project, if approved by council, can be completed by the end of the year.

If council approves the measures, the new lanes are expected to be heavily promoted during Bike to Work Week, May 31 to June 4.

The proposed route runs east along Austin Avenue before heading north on Whiting Way and connecting with the Foster Avenue bike path. It follows the length of Foster before heading north on Wilmot Street and connecting with Como Lake Avenue, then heads into Ranch Park.

Lee said the route through Ranch Park has been carefully considered to take into account the area’s steep hills. When cyclists arrive at the bottom of the hill, they will connect with Johnson Street, which will take them to Guildford Way and connect with David Avenue via Pinetree Way.

Council is expected to vote on the route at its next meeting.

Courtesy The Tri-City News