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More bike parking could be coming to Rocky Point Park in Port Moody

A short bit of Hugh Street, next to Rocky Point Park, could soon provide additional parking for bikes.
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A short stub of Hugh Street, north of Murray, will be closed for use as providing additional bike parking at Rocky Point Park.

There could soon be more bike parking at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park.

And a member of the city’s transportation committee hopes that means more people will ride to the waterfront destination rather than clogging its two parking lots with cars.

Tim Barton said a proposal for a pilot project to close off a stub end of Hugh Street, north of Murray Street, to provide space for additional bike racks, as well as waste bins, “would definitely give people more confidence in bringing their bikes” to the park. He suggested the spot might even be an appropriate venue for a valet service so cyclists can leave their bike in a secure, supervised area to lessen fears of theft.

Last Tuesday (July 27), council referred the proposal to staff for action. The city’s manager of project delivery services (engineering), Kim Law, said the short piece of dead-end roadway has served as an ad hoc parking lot for several years, as well as a space to store city maintenance vehicles. That’s created occasional conflicts, especially during busy periods when parking at the popular park is at a premium.

He said it’s also presented a bit of a safety issue for cyclists and pedestrians using the new multi-use path along Murray Street.

Law added with the road blocked off, the city will look at placing additional bike racks to encourage visitors use active transportation to get to Rocky Point.