Ridge backs out of cycling committee

It’s likely that Maple Ridge council will create a broader group.

  • Feb. 19, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Maple Ridge is following Pitt Meadows’ lead and backing out of the bicycle advisory committee.

And the district doesn’t even want a cyclist-pedestrian advisory committee.

Instead, it’s likely that Maple Ridge council will create a broader group, one that will look at wide range of transportation issues.

“I’m not in favour of a bike-pedestrian advisory committee. I see a huge overlap here,” Coun. Al Hogarth said at Maple Ridge council’s Monday workshop.

In September, council told staff to create a cyclist-and-pedestrian committee to replace the joint bicycle advisory group after Pitt Meadows pulled out and formed its own committee.

Instead, Hogarth suggested a transportation committee that would advise council on a range of issues, including people who have mobility issues.

“I think we’re much better off spending money on the pedestrian aspect, rather than on the cycling,” because more people walk.

Most of council support disbanding the bicycle group and creating a broader committee on transportation.