Township seeks input on Cycling Network

  • Jan. 20, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Whether cycling is used as a green mode of transport, to keep healthy, or just for fun, it is becoming increasingly popular, and the Township is now helping residents find more opportunities to ride.

Currently updating its Bike Plan and having proposed a Cycling Network, the Township is encouraging those who cycle Langley’s streets and paths to have a say about what they need and what they would like to see.

To this end, it has organized a Cycling Network open house for Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Township’s Civic Facility, 20338 65 Ave. Residents are invited to drop by any time between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to view a number of information boards that will be posted in the fourth floor foyer, and to fill out a questionnaire regarding the proposed cycling plan.

A discussion guide will help identify where the network of cycling routes should be placed, and examine aspects of the Bike Plan, including engineering, financial planning, education, and promotion.

“We want as much input as we can get,} said transportation safety coordinator Ineke Schuurman.

“The Bike Network will be Township-wide and we want people from all areas to come out and tell us if there is anything they want added or if they think something won’t work.”

The Cycling Network will include routes that connect to new developments within the community and will include commuter routes that provide direct links between major destinations, recreational routes that connect neighbourhoods on lower volume roads, and community routes that bring cyclists to parks, schools, shopping centres, and recreational facilities along quieter streets.

“Cycling is good for you, good for the environment, and saves money on gas,” Schuurman said. “Whether you ride for recreation purposes or as a mode of transportation to get to and from work, we really encourage residents to have their say and take part in the creation of this Cycling Network.”