Safety and accessibility improvements coming to BC Parkway

September 30, 2014

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — Cyclists and pedestrians who use the BC Parkway can expect safety and accessibility improvements to the 26-kilometre, multi-use path. With funding support from the City of Vancouver and the City of Surrey, TransLink, which owns and manages a portion of the BC Parkway, will begin the upgrade work tomorrow.

Endorsed by HUB Cycling, the improvements, which are expected to be completed by the spring of 2015 include:

  • Realignment of the BC Parkway, away from darker areas and bushes and closer to the road at Nanaimo Station, and along Slocan and Rupert streets.
  • New lighting on parts of the parkway in Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey for increased visibility for BC Parkway users.
  • A new designated route at Nanaimo and Patterson SkyTrain stations to separate cyclists from vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Widened and paved paths, with new ramps replacing steps at Slocan and Rupert Streets. This improves accessibility for parents with strollers, people in wheelchairs and scooters, and cyclists.

Minor detours will be in place at specific sections of the BC Parkway during construction. Cyclists should watch for signs along the corridor, or visit TransLink’s website for more information.

The BC Parkway roughly parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver. TransLink is responsible for 12 kilometres of the path from approximately Nanaimo SkyTrain Station in Vancouver to the 3rd Avenue overpass west of New Westminster SkyTrain Station.

The budget for the BC Parkway improvements is approximately $2.4 million. TransLink is contributing $2 million, which includes 50 per cent cost sharing for works on City of Vancouver and City of Surrey property. The City of Surrey is contributing $365,900 for lighting under the SkyTrain guideway; and, the City of Vancouver is contributing $47,750 for safety upgrades to the BC Parkway crossing of Nanaimo Street.

Quotes

Sany Zein, Director, Infrastructure and Network Management, TransLink
“The BC Parkway is an important connection for pedestrians and cyclists to and from SkyTrain stations and bus exchanges. These much-needed repairs to the BC Parkway will make the path safer and easier for people to use.”

Erin O'Melinn, Executive Director, HUB Cycling
"The BC Parkway is a vital corridor for cycling and walking, and increased use has revealed many safety and accessibility issues in recent years. HUB Cycling is pleased that TransLink and the municipalities are working together to fill gaps like these across the region’s transportation network, particularly to support cycling, the fastest growing transportation mode."

Jaime Boan, Manager, Transportation, City of Surrey
“Surrey has set ambitious goals to increase cycling, walking and transit use in our rapidly growing city. Partnerships like this are critical to enable us to quickly expand and improve our infrastructure that will benefit our cyclists and pedestrians. This lighting project will improve the safety along BC Parkway allowing more people to feel comfortable using this facility even when it is dark out.”

Jerry Dobrovolny, Director of Transportation, City of Vancouver
“We’re very pleased to partner with TransLink on this project to improve the BC Parkway. These improvements will help us reach our Transportation 2040 goals of making walking and cycling safe, comfortable and convenient for people of all ages and abilities, and will address several key issues on this regionally significant route.”

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