New bike racks, pathway for two-wheel trips in Maple Ridge

Awaiting funding to fill gap for new path along Lougheed Highway

The District of Maple Ridge unveiled a bike rack that resembles the outline of a chicken Saturday in Memorial Peace Park.

The District of Maple Ridge unveiled a bike rack that resembles the outline of a chicken Saturday in Memorial Peace Park.

The hope is that seeing the real thing will spark downtown businesses and make it easier for those on two-wheels to stop and spend their money.

That’s been the plan at least, to encourage stores to put up bike racks outside their stores, ideally racks that have a decorative touch and relate to the products offered inside.

But so far, no one’s bit, so the District of Maple Ridge got things started Saturday, unveiling a bike rack that resembles the outline of a chicken in Memorial Peace Park, near where the Haney Farmers Market sets up shop every weekend.

“It’s a starting point,” said Alex Pope, chair of the bicycle advisory committee. So far, no other businesses have shown interest, he added, despite the business improvement area trying to promote the idea.

The rack cost about $1,500, said Russ Carmichael, district director of engineering operations.

“There are all sort of images that you can buy off the shelf and that one is very similar to the farmers market logo, which is the chicken.” The farmers market draws lots of customers who arrive on bikes, he added.

“That really fits with your daily trip idea.”

The racks help cyclists peddling to a particular destination by giving them a relatively safe place to park their bikes while they go in shopping.

Carmichael said previously that people asked the district to put a rack on 227th Street, but now the district wants shops to install their own and get creative about it. For instance, a music store could use a rack that would look like a musical note.

“It would be a functional piece of artwork that actually shows you’re a music store.”

Or, some bike racks could have a slot that would take advertising.

Meanwhile, another project will make it easier for cyclists to move from Pitt Meadows to Maple Ridge along what will be called Hammond Trail.

The new, two-kilometre pathway will use an existing TransLink dike and provide a link from Airport Way in Pitt Meadows and run west, beneath the Golden Ears Bridge, to Ospring Street in Hammond.

From there, cyclists will hook into existing bike paths that run through residential streets, parallel to Lougheed Highway.

“With this link, cyclists will be able to get from Pitt River Bridge all the way to 256th Street, with the exception of a piece between Laity and 216th Street,” Carmichael said.

Maple Ridge has already OK’d $50,000 for the project and is awaiting a matching amount from the provincial government. Construction should start in the winter.

Carmichael said parks and leisure services monitored the number of cyclists in the area and found that 55 cyclists rode by on Airport Way and Southgate Drive within six hours.

The route isn’t the most direct for cycle commuters. “It’s a meandering route, but it avoids Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road.”

The path is intended to be multi-use, for both cyclists, walkers and joggers.

One of the final east-west gaps remaining for cyclists remains along Lougheed Highway between Laity and 216th streets.

Provincial money has allowed studying and design of that multi-use trail, which would run north of Lougheed Highway, providing pedestrians and cyclists a direct route, running in both directions, into the downtown.

Although the design has been completed, funding for that project isn’t in place yet.

Maple Ridge also is still waiting on approval of funding from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for its share of the $1.2-million, 650-metre multi-use path on the north side of the Lougheed Highway from Laity to 216th street.

That will be a separated path for pedestrians and cyclists in both directions and will connect to existing neighbourbood bike routes at either end.

Michael Eng, transportation technologist, said the project involves crossing McKenney Creek, which adds to the costs.

But once the money is available, the project can start.

“It’s a missing link (connecting the west part of Maple Ridge with the downtown) and something we’re really pushing for.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Born and raised in Maple Ridge, Ernie Daykin is still astonished at this community’s beauty. He recently captured this image of the snow covered peaks of the Golden Ears in the background, and cherry blossoms in the foreground. (Special to The News)
SHARE: View of Golden Ears from many different perspectives

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon.

Spray paint was discovered at Hot Rocks. (Special to The News)
Popular Maple Ridge summer destination vandalized

Rocks discovered with spray paint along South Alouette

Police shut down 240 Street after a single vehicle accident. (The News files)
Maple Ridge man dies following crash

Police believe he went into medical distress before accident

An early morning fire forced the evacuation of a Maple Ridge apartment building on Saturday, April 3 (Deborah Hampton/Special to The News)
City of Maple Ridge thanks volunteers for response to Easter weekend blaze

Emergency Support Services volunteers stepped up to help displaced residents

Burnaby MLA Raj Chouhan presides as Speaker of the B.C. legislature, which opened it spring session April 12 with a speech from the throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C. NDP promises more health care spending, business support in 2021 budget

John Horgan government to ‘carefully return to balanced budgets’

Dr. E. Kwok administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a recipient at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Most Canadians plan to get COVID-19 vaccine, but safety fears drive hesitancy: poll

This comes as confidence in governments is plummeting in provinces being hit hardest by the pandemic

Cemetery staff installed the wrong headstone on the grave of Jima Kiir, even though the headstone’s photo did not match with the photo placed on the grave. (Submitted photo)
Abbotsford mother upset city placed wrong headstone on son’s grave

Cemetery staff mix up graves of 2 recently deceased men from South Sudanese community

Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox is shown in a 1981. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/CP)
Terry Fox’s legacy of resilience resonates during COVID-19 crisis, says brother

Fred Fox said his brother’s legacy of resilience has taken on renewed resonance as COVID-19 rages on

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A youth was arrested following a car crash on Wallace Street on Saturday, April 10. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Onlookers laugh and jeer as B.C. teen beaten, then forced to strip and walk home

Police arrest older teen, call video shared on social media ‘disturbing’

Surrey RCMP are seeking the public's help to locate three puppies stolen from a South Surrey home on April 10. (Surrey RCMP photos)
Puppies stolen during weekend break-and-enter in South Surrey

Surrey RCMP seeking public’s assistance in locating three American Bulldog puppies

A lady wears a sticker given out after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count slows after last week’s peak

3,219 new cases since Friday, 18 additional deaths

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas did not violate the municipality’s code of conduct by posting a sexist meme on Facebook, council concludes. (File photo)
B.C. municipality to take no action against councillor who posted sexist meme

Tek Manhas’s meme doesn’t violate North Cowichan council’s code of conduct, municipality concludes

Most Read