Burnaby honored for its cycling infrastructure


The HUB Cycling Bike Awards have returned for its eighth year to virtually celebrate the organizations and individuals who improve cycling in Metro Vancouver.

The city of Burnaby won first place in the Infrastructure Challenge 20 of 20 for making 19 quick fixes to the city’s cycling infrastructure, helping unblock the broken cycling network.

This year, Burnaby upgraded a number of crossings and intersections for cyclists, including improvements along the Trans-Canada Trail and Central Valley Greenway, adding road signs and grade drops to complement connections and removing bollards on the Burnaby Mountain Parkway.

While there is still a lot of work to be done to build a comprehensive cycling network that is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, these advances are encouraging.

“We know that many small changes can make a big difference, especially when it comes to safety,” Mayor Mike Hurley said in a statement. “As we continue to expand and connect our core cycling network across the city, we will also continue to seek quick fixes that make it easier for people to choose to ride a bike, rather than getting in the car. “

The work to make these quick fixes as part of the 20 of 20 challenge shows that Burnaby is committed to improving the cycling network. This is also illustrated by the City’s commitment to develop a new transportation plan focused on active transportation, the climate action framework resulting from the declaration of climate emergency by Burnaby City Council in 2019, and the commitments towards sustainability as described in the environmental sustainability strategy developed in 2016.

Burnaby’s current cycling network has a good framework to build on, says HUB. The Central Valley Greenway and BC Parkway form the core of (mostly) comfortable east-west roads, and several off-street trails, including the Trans-Canada Trail and Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail, allow for recreational off-street cycling.

However, there are three main “gaps” in the current network, HUB added, saying official cycle paths are not always fully connected to each other or to all areas of the city. Existing routes often present “spaces” where cyclists use uncomfortable infrastructure, and the lack of a comprehensive orientation strategy means you need to familiarize yourself with the cycling network before using it.

HUB Cycling’s Burnaby Local Committee advocates filling these gaps and creating a comprehensive cycling network that is comfortable for all ages and abilities. The committee meets regularly to discuss and advise on cycling issues specific to Burnaby. The work of the Burnaby local committee recently received an award City of Burnaby Environmental Award. HUB Cycling is always looking for volunteers to join its local committees and support its advocacy work to ensure that people of all ages and abilities have equitable access to all modes of transport. No experience is required to volunteer, and HUB is committed to working with people and communities from various segments of our society.

Cycling HUB is a non-profit, charitable organization that has spent over 22 years breaking down barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver, while cultivating the health, environmental and economic benefits that active transportation can bring. .

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