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Coquitlam gets ready for e-bikes, e-scooters along Nelson Street

The 1.7-km stretch is about to get updated for safer travels for pedestrians, cyclists and riders on e-bikes and e-scooters.

A north–south road that stretches from Coquitlam’s Austin Heights neighbourhood to Maillardville is about to get a makeover to make way for bikes, scooters and their electrified modes of transportation.

Nelson Street is one of the city’s arterial routes in southwest Coquitlam that’s targeted for safer rides for people walking, cycling and rolling along the area's corridors.

And on Thursday, March 7, the public can get a peek of the city’s plans for micromobility proposed for the 1.7-km street, connecting Blue Mountain and Mackin parks — with a possible future link to IKEA on Lougheed Highway and the Fraser Mills waterfront village, which Beedie is now building off United Boulevard.

The information session is a drop-in from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 1 at the Maillardville Community Centre (1200 Cartier Ave.).

After the public meeting, the feedback will be included in the revised designs, where appropriate, as additional technical and financial work is refined.

A report will go before council by the summer before the changes are made next year.

The changes include:

  • continuous sidewalks
  • travel space for bicycles and scooters
  • improved intersections and crossings
  • benches and lighting
  • street trees and landscaping

Besides Nelson Street, active transportation studies are also underway for:

  • King Albert Street
  • Smith and Regan avenues
  • Thermal Drive

Micromobility road updates were made last year in the City Centre neighbourhood for the roll-out of the e-scooter and e-bike program.

If you’re unable to attend Thursday’s drop in, you can have your say in a survey that opens Tuesday, March 5, and runs until March 22.