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Central Valley Greenway Exploration

July 23, 2009

So my foster son and I walked a portion of the CVG from the tin soldier on the Quay to the Production Way Sky Train Station. Phew. It was a long walk as we made an unscheduled side trip to Sapperton Landing which has a terrific display of children’s artwork.

Sapperton Landing Art Installation

The entire route cost 24 million dollars which was spent constructing the path. (See a detailed explanation from Jhenifer at Translink below on how the money was spent).

Among the many changes and improvements is signage that guides riders and walkers along the CVG. Though there are exceptions to this which even TransitLink points out on their blog.

In any case the walk was really fantastic and the portion that runs along the Brunette River is amazing. Just a few minutes out of New Westminster and you feel like you are in the woods a world away. Plus there’s some great graffiti along the route.

Central Valley Greenway Graffiti

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2009 11:38 pm

    Hi Markus!

    Glad you’ve been able to try the Greenway out! I got your trackback over at the Buzzer blog and wanted to offer some explanation of how the path was built and how that $24 million was spent.

    You’re right that the project did connect existing facilities together, but in fact, significant work was actually necessary to create a safe, connected route for cyclists and pedestrians — and to encourage regular commuting along those paths.

    In some sections, entirely new paths were built in places such as parks. In other sections, pedestrian access has
    always existed, but cycling facilities were added. Finally, on some existing pedestrian routes, improvements such as pedestrian signals were made to make walking safer and more direct.

    So in other words, they’re not really super glamourous improvements (although the Winston Overpass bridge is pretty flashy), but they did still cost a bit of money to put in place. For example, here’s a picture of the pathway under SkyTrain before the CVG was built, and here’s what it looks like now. Paved!

    If you’re curious, here’s a list of the major improvements done in the three municipalities:

    New Westminster
    – widened sidewalks to create multi-use paths that accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians (ex. East Columbia Street)
    – new path through Hume Park
    – reallocation of Columbia Street to add bike lane and increase parking spaces by adding back-in angled parking
    – new pedestrian and bicycle activated signals

    – new path along Still Creek, east of Sperling SkyTrain Station
    – pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the railway tracks at Winston Street
    – new pedestrian and bicycle activated signals
    – new path under SkyTrain guideway

    – widened sidewalks to create multi-use paths that accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians (ex. Great Northern Way)
    – new pedestrian and bicycle activated signals and pedestrian/cyclists refuges to increase crossing safety
    – new path under SkyTrain guideway

    All cities
    – pedestrian-scale lighting
    – landscaping

    Sorry if this is a bit of overkill in detail, but I thought you might like to know about it all!

    Hope this helps,


  2. July 28, 2009 8:35 pm

    Thanks so much Jhenifer! No I don’t think it’s overkill. It’s nice to know how our tax dollars are being spent.

    I knew a lot of work was done here in New West under the Sky Train bridge but did not realize how much it costs to connect all of the routes.

    In any case I love the path and I think it is terrific for the city and only good will come from it. I suspect more paths will branch from it as it evolves.

    Thanks again for your tour. I followed it all the way to Science World!

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