Cycling advocates say the idea of a shared pathway in Burnaby near Brentwood Mall on the east side of Willingdon Avenue from Brentlawn Drive to Hastings Street is a dangerous idea.
HUB Cycling’s Cathy Griffin says you should never mix the two.
“A pathway with cyclists, and, you know, people walking up and down. We’ve got grandma there, the kids, the dogs and all that kind of stuff; keep them away from the bikes, because the bikes want to use it as a transportation path.”
Griffin adds there’s no doubt about the need for the route, but that the execution is being botched.
“Burnaby has no good North-South connection for cyclists, and we see this as being an excellent North-South connection for people to get through the city.”
Griffin says there should have been proper community consultation on the 1.2 kilometre pathway project.
Project ‘on schedule’
Burnaby Councillor Nick Volkow says the project is running on time, with shovels hitting the ground this spring.
“It’s a very complex kind of a project, but I think it’s going to be great, and I understand the cycling community – they want separation between pedestrians and cyclists, but unfortunately, that’s not the plan for this.”
The $8-million project is expected to be completed by late 2018.