“Active transportation” plan for 2011 will see $2 million in pedestrian, cycling improvements

Pedestrians, cyclists and almost every city neighbourhood will benefit from $2 million in strategic “active transportation” investments proposed in this year’s capital spending program, headed to council for approval next week. (Details are in Appendix 6.)

These new bikeways and traffic calming measures will dramatically improve walking and cycling on the North Arm Trail Greenway, generally along 59th Ave. from Angus Dr. to Vivian Dr.; the 45th Ave. Bikeway; the Dumfries St. Bikeway; thePrince Edwdard St. Bikeway and the long-awaited first phase of the Comox-Helmcken Corridor, which will ultimately link Stanley Park to the Seawall near the Roundhouse, then to the Central Valley Greenway.

It’s all part of the $20 million in capital investments promised last year as the city prepares to rewrite its transportation plan for the next decade. As the title of these investments imply, the city’s engineering department is focusing now on “active transportation,” not just cycling, to ensure pedestrians get their due as one of the largest and most sustainable participants in the city system.

Consultation has been extensive on all the routes and none involves a separated bike lane.