Burnaby, Build a Separated Cycle Path on the Willingdon Avenue Greenway

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Burnaby, Build a Separated Cycle Path on the Willingdon Avenue Greenway

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HUB Cycling started this petition to Dan Johnston (Councillor) and

The City of Burnaby is proposing to create a Greenway on Willingdon Avenue. So what’s the problem? There won’t be a separated cycling facility.

The Willingdon Greenway is a proposed 1.2 km linear park and active travel corridor along the east side of Willingdon Avenue connecting Brentwood Town Centre with Hastings Street and community amenities to the north. The proposed design includes a four metre wide, winding mixed-use path.

Multi-use paths have not supported growth in walking and cycling in the city. In Burnaby, <1% of trips are by bicycle and it has been that way for at least 30 years. Research also shows that multi-use paths are not the safer facility option.

Bicycle-specific facilities are key to both encourage cycling and make it safe.

It’s time for the City of Burnaby to get serious and support cycling. The City plans to spend over 7.7 M$ on this Greenway using an active transportation strategy that hasn't worked to increase cycling. Instead, we need a network of safe, direct, and comfortable facilities that support cycling for people of all ages and abilities. All this starts with a separated cycle facility on the Willingdon Avenue Greenway.

HUB Burnaby supports the use of cycle tracks on Willingdon Avenue. This bicycle only facility would be separated from pedestrians and motorised traffic by a physical barrier and a planted boulevard. Additional measures at intersections will keep people cycling safe from crossing vehicle traffic.

A separated facility would greatly improve safety by removing conflicts between road users and will support the growth of walking and cycling in Burnaby, which is a key goal of the City’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy (Goal 5.2: Make walking and cycling easier, safer and more comfortable, especially on North-South connectors). 

Watch the video above to see how a separated cycle facility could look for the Willingdon Avenue Greenway.

Thank you for your support,

HUB Cycling

Burnaby Committee

 

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