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In 2007, the City of Port Coquitlam adopted a Master Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan (MPBP) that creates a policy framework for the creation of a safe and accessible pedestrian and cycling network in the City.
Guided by the MPBP, the City, TransLink and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have been planning and implementing a variety of improvements to Port Coquitlam’s cycling infrastructure for the 2009-2013 period.
Completed Cycling Network Improvements
Projects in 2009 and early 2010 included:
- Coast Meridian Overpass – Marked Bicycle Lanes (2009/2010) – The City, ICBC, TransLink and the Province jointly funded the construction of marked bicycle lanes on the Coast Meridian Overpass and connecting roads. The CMO opened to traffic on March 7, 2010 and has provided high quality connnections between the north and south sides of Port Coquitlam.
- Dominion Avenue Marked Bicycle Lanes (2009/2010) – The City and TransLink have co-funded the installation of marked bicycle lanes on Dominion Avenue between Lougheed Highway and the PoCo Traboulay Trail (at Pitt River). The bicycle lanes were substantially completed in 2009, with final line painting completed in spring 2010. The bike lanes provide a safe and comfortable east/west cycling route in north Port Coquitlam.
- Lincoln Avenue Trail Improvement (2009) – The City completed improvements to the Traboulay Poco Trail on Lincoln Avenue east of Oxford Street. This project has provided an off-road trail on the south side of Lincoln Avenue between Coquitlam River Park and Wellington Park.
- Pitt River Road at Pooley Avenue – Bicycle Actuated Traffic Signal (2010) – The City, TransLink and ICBC partnered to fund the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian actuated traffic signal at this intersection. The signal was put into operation on April 12, 2010.
- Wellington Street – Signed Bicycle Bicycle Route and Bicycle Activated Traffic Signal (2009) – Wellington Street has been designated as a signed bicycle route and serves as a safer alternative to cycling on Coast Meridian Road. The City, ICBC and TransLink jointly funded a bicycle and pedestrian activated signal at Prairie Avenue and Wellington Street in 2009. The City also converted the intersection of Wellington Street and Greenmount Avenue to a four way stop control in 2009, and will be installing “Bike Route” signing along Wellington Street etc. in 2010. This project included cooperation with School District 43 to provide an off-road connection through James Park Elementary School.
Priority Cycling Improvements 2010-2013
The following projects are in progress or being considered for 2010-2013.
- Broadway Street – Mary Hill Bypass to Kingsway – Marked Bicycle Lanes (2010/2011) – The City has received approval through the Building Canada Fund to improve Broadway Street for cyclists, pedestrians, commercial goods movement and general traffic. Subject to environmental approvals, marked bicycle lanes would be provided on Broadway Street between Kingsway Avenue and the Mary Hill Bypass.
- Donald Street – Central Avenue, Tyner Street – Signed bicycle route (2011) – The City proposes to install signed bicycle routes on these streets to augment the major cycling facilities on the Coast Meridian Overpass, Broadway etc. These signed bicycle routes are a preferred alternative to higher volume roads such as Mary Hill Road, Shaughnessy Street, and Pitt River Road.
- Kingsway Avenue – Broadway Avenue to MacLean Avenue - Multi-use path (2010) – The City’s MPBP includes an off-road multi-use path on the north side of Kingsway Avenue. The provision of a section of the multi-use path between the Kingsway/Broadway and Kingsway/MacLean is proposed for 2010 (related to the Coast Meridian Overpass project).
- Kingsway Avenue – Wilson Avenue to MacLean Avenue – Feasibility review for multi-use path (2010) – The City’s MPBP includes an off-road multi-use path on the north side of Kingsway Avenue. The provision of a multi-use path between Wilson/MacLean and Kingsway/MacLean will require review of the location (property impacts and costs) and the path design (construction and utility costs). It is proposed to complete the feasibility review in 2010.
- Mary Hill Road at Central Avenue – Bicycle Actuated Traffic Signal (2011) – Committee has directed staff to complete the detailed design and cost estimate for a bicycle and pedestrian actuated traffic signal at this intersection. Subject to TransLink and ICBC cost-sharing, a bicycle and pedestrian actuated traffic signal would be installed in 2011.
- Pitt River Bridge Project (2010) – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will complete the Pitt River Bridge replacement and the new grade-separated interchange at Lougheed Highway and the Mary Hill Bypass later in 2010. The Pitt River Bridge Project includes enhanced off-road cycling facilities both on the Pitt River Bridge and to/from connecting roadways.
- Prairie Avenue – Shaughnessy Street to Coast Meridian Road – Marked Bicycle Lanes (2011) – The City is considering the installation of marked bicycle lanes on Prairie Avenue between Shaughnessy Street and Coast Meridian Road as part of an enhanced east/west cycling corridor in north Port Coquitlam. Given the community impacts (loss of parking), this project will require community consultation prior to a decision to implement.
- Prairie Avenue – Coast Meridian Road to Fremont Street – Marked Bicycle Lanes (2012) – The City is considering the installation of marked bicycle lanes on Prairie Avenue between Coast Meridian Road and Fremont Street as part of an enhanced east/west cycling corridor in north Port Coquitlam. Given the community impacts (loss of parking), this project will also require community consultation prior to a decision to implement.
- Taylor Street, Pooley Avenue, Langan Avenue, MacLean Avenue – Signed Bicycle Routes (2010) – The City is installing signed bicycle routes on these streets to augment the major cycling facilities on the Coast Meridian Overpass, Broadway etc. These signed bicycle routes are a preferred alternative to higher volume roads such as Pitt River Road and Kingsway Avenue.
For more information, contact:Dave Currie, P.Eng
Manager of Transportation
Location and Mailing Address:Engineering and Operations Department
City of Port Coquitlam
#200-2564 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 3G4