Committee Works with City and Citizens
Did you know Richmond has 26 kilometres of on-street cycling routes? With another 80 kilometres of trails, Richmond is one of the Lower Mainlands most bicycle-friendly cities and this column is dedicated to helping you make the best use of that resource.
The ever expanding bicycling network is thanks in part to a unique partnership between local cycling advocates and the City of Richmond. The Richmond Citizens Cycling Committee was formed in 1993 in co-operation with the city to give a voice to residents who felt bicycling deserved to be treated as a legitimate transportation choice.
The committee also works to promote cycling as a healthy means of recreation which everyone should feel safe pursuing. The cycling committee addresses these issues by providing the City's transportation planners with feedback on their designs for cycling-related projects. Through the committee, residents also have the opportunity to comment on these projects and suggest enhancements to the cycling environment.
In past years, the city has been very supportive of the committees work. A variety of accomplishments have resulted from the committees efforts including:
- Bike lanes on Granville Avenue, Railway Avenue, Williams Road, Garden City Road, Grauer Road and Russ Baker Way.
- Accommodation for bicycles on and around the No. 2 Road Bridge.
- Provision for bicycles on numerous trails and the dyke.
- Enhanced end-of-trip facilities and standards for them in new developments.
- Funding for future bicycle routes on Gilbert Road and Westminster Highway.
The committee is extremely proud of its success in bringing the total number of kilometres in the on-street cycling network to 26.
Earlier this year, though, we thought the time had come to focus on making it all work, through education and awareness initiatives. The cycling committee is extending an invitation to all bicyclists to come out and enjoy learning more about routes, destinations and how to safely negotiate with other forms of traffic.
In upcoming instalments in this series, we will cover those topics, as well as providing tips for cyclists and motorists for understanding and complying with the Motor Vehicle Act, advice on equipment and information about the wide range of community, environmental and health benefits which cycling can bring.
Our next column will unveil our plan to hold the first annual bike tour of Richmond, "Island City, By Bike," as part of Junes Bike Month festivities. Mark it on your calendars now, Sun., June 10. It will be a fabulous family event with experienced tour leaders and an introduction to some of Richmond's best cycling routes. Registration details and route descriptions to come in the next column.