Cycling and Multi-use Paths
In recent years, the City has invested in projects that encourage residents to get out of their cars and choose an active mode of transportation such as walking, cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, strollers, scooters and more.
These projects support users of all ages and abilities, and include cycling and multi-use paths, sidewalks and pedestrian safety improvements, signage/pavement markings, and network connection improvements.
Benefits include community liveability, social connection and improved health, along with reductions to traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
Residents may request cycling and multi-use path projects using the form below.
In addition to the City’s investment, other sources of funding include ICBC’s Road Improvement Program for signs and pavement markings on bike lanes and multi-use paths, and TransLink for cycling and sidewalk projects that meet regional transportation objectives.
Port Coquitlam encourages cycling by investing in infrastructure such as:
- Signed and marked bike routes,
- Green paint in bike lane conflict zones on roads,
- Bike racks in numerous locations,
- Bike lockers at the West Coast Express station,
- And other facilities.
The City also works with HUB Cycling, a non-profit cycling advocacy group, to promote cycling in the community. Activities include participating in events such as Bike to Work Week and learn-to-ride programs.
Read HUB Cycling’s 2019 report on Port Coquitlam’s cycling education programs.
A bike-sharing program has also been introduced.
Multi-use paths are a newer addition to the City’s active transportation infrastructure.
These shared paved paths are separated from roadways and provide additional safe places for people to walk, cycle and roll through the community.
Recent path construction has included Patricia Avenue, Hastings Street, Shaughnessy Street and an extension of the Donald Street Pathway.
Roads must be shared between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. When designing Port Coquitlam’s road network, the City considers their competing needs for access, flow and safety. Port Coquitlam constructs new roadways and retrofits existing ones, as budgets permit, with cycling facilities and active transportation infrastructure such as multi-use paths.
In recent years, the City has directed investments towards multi-use paths (MUPs) as they serve a broader cross-section of the community and reduce parking impacts because they are typically constructed in the boulevard.
However, MUPs also face challenges with boulevard obstructions (e.g. poles, vegetation, trees, utilities), higher construction costs, and residents who have become accustomed to using the public boulevard space for their own private use.
Like most cities, Port Coquitlam complies with engineering design guidelines from the Transportation Association of Canada.
Cycling and multi-use path projects are funded by the City’s capital budget or constructed as part of new development projects. Other sources of funding:
- ICBC contributes funding for pedestrian safety improvement projects through its Road Improvement Program.
- Coast Mountain Bus Company contributes 50% of the project funding for wheelchair/pedestrian landing areas at bus stops.
- TransLink contributes funding for cycling and active transportation projects that meet regional transportation objectives.
- The Province of BC makes grant funding available for Active Transportation Infrastructure.
We continue to hear strong feedback from the community on the need for cycling and multi-use path improvements.
Proposals are reviewed in the order they are received.
Location and Mailing Address
City Hall Annex (beside City Hall)
200 – 2564 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 3G4
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