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A huge road upgrade in Port Coquitlam will include a safe lane for bikes

Are there enough safe bike routes in your city? Port Coquitlam wants to turn a major road through an industrial area into a safe bike route linking the downtown to trails along the Fraser and Pitt rivers.
Port Coquitlam wants to build a multi-use path as part of road improvements to Kingsway Avenue.

Cyclists could soon have a safer route through Port Coquitlam's biggest industrial area in one of a number of capital project upgrades recently approved by the city.

PoCo is applying for a $1.1 million grant toward the $1.5 million project that will provide a safe multi-use path (MUP) from Tyner Avenue to Kebet Way, with the goal of connecting the downtown core, the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC), industrial and commercial districts, and trail systems on the Coquitlam and Fraser Rivers.

In a staff report to be reviewed by council Tuesday (June 14), the bike route is described as suitable for for "all ages and abilities to walk and roll on, as well as features which make it attractive, safe and comfortable."

Amenities will include streetlights, street trees, transit shelters and benches.

Here's when Port Coquitlam's newest bike route will be built

Port Coquitlam expects to spend about $5.5 million on improvements along Kingsway Avenue from Tyner Street to the Coast Meridian Overpass in 2022 and between the Coast Meridian Overpass and Kebet Way in 2023.

The scope of work includes road widening, a shared centre turn lane, intersection improvements, sidewalk on the south side, multi-use path on the north side, street trees and bus-stop improvements.

To complete the MUP, the city will be applying to the CleanBC Communities Fund (CCF) as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

Staff will apply for TransLink funding in 2024 for the remaining balance required to build the Kingsway Avenue MUP totalling $400,050 split 50-50 between the city and the transit service.

Kingsway Avenue is considered a key east-west arterial road in the city, carrying large volumes of traffic, and does not currently accommodate cyclists.