City receives $440,000 for 203 Street bicycle path

Grant money is part of $6 million provincial commitment to BikeBC

Cyclists will soon have a smoother ride through the City of Langley, with the installation of a new designated bike path along 203 Street.

The City is receiving $440,000 in provincial funding for a BikeBC project that will install 1.7-metre-wide separated bike lanes for 1.5 km from Michaud Crescent to Grade Crescent.

“This is a big thing,” said Dan Millsip, committee chair for HUB Cycling Langley.

“Everywhere in the world they’re doing it. Vancouver is an excellent example of this.”

Millsip, a lifelong cyclist, and other members of the newly formed HUB Langley branch hope to connect the Golden Ears with designated bike paths from Willoughby all the way to Brookswood.

The 203 Street corridor is already popular among cyclists as an alternative route to 200 Street or 208 Street, Millsip said, and the new bike lanes will make it an even safer option.

He also hopes the lanes will encourage more people to use bikes for transportation, especially those who feel uncomfortable riding in traffic.

The project is part of $6 million the province has committed to BikeBC this year to help local governments build cycling infrastructure.