Friday, August 26, 2011

City of Langley has greatest potential for cycling in South of Fraser

Last weekend at the Connecting Communities: BC Youth Summit for Sustainable Transportation, I had the chance to listen to a presentation about areas with the greatest potential for increasing cycling in Metro Vancouver. When the following slide came up, the normal South of Fraser is evil came up. I should point out that the slide shows places that could attract more people to cycling. Green is bad and blue is good; the darker the better. I pointed out that 90% of the area in green is in the ALR and that it’s not shocking that those places aren’t prime location for boosting cycling mode share.

On the bright side, I noticed that the City of Langley has great potential for cycling. The problem with the City of Langley is that cycling is not a priority for council; they can’t seem to find money to improve cycling infrastructure on existing roads. To add insult to injury, there are two lane roads with huge right-of-ways that could handle parking, general traffic, and even a separated bike lane like 53rd Avenue and 203rd Street without much effort. I do not understand why the City of Langley isn’t embracing cycling. Maybe they just need to see this slide. If you think that cycling should be improved in Langley, you should check out the Greater Langley Cycling Coalition.

1 comment:

Rach said...

Perhaps council needs to be reminded that several of the recommendations in their greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan that they endorsed involve improving cycling infrastructure