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Another improvement on the way for the BC Parkway

An example of a retaining wall along the BC Parkway near Patterson Station.

Over the past few years, we’ve made a number of investments to improve and maintain the BC Parkway, a multi-use path that roughly parallels the the SkyTrain’s Expo Line. It’s an important way for us to reach our long-term cycling goals for the region!

We’re excited to announce that work has begun to replace a retaining wall along the BC Parkway in south Burnaby between London Street and Southpoint Drive. To ensure the safety of all BC Parkway users, a detour route is in place until December 2018 while we complete this work.

Cyclists traveling through the area should add approximately 10 to 15 minutes to their commute. Check out map below for detour information (you can click to enlarge it!). Maps and signs are also installed along the route to help direct pedestrians and cyclists. We thank everyone for their patience while this work is done.

It’s all part of TransLink’s Maintenance and Repair Program, our annual investment in repairing, replacing and improving aging infrastructure across the system to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network every day.

The BC Parkway is a 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels the SkyTrain’s Expo Line, connecting Surrey’s city centre, New Westminster, south Burnaby, and Vancouver.

BC Parkway construction is now complete!

Exciting news in time for Bike to Work Week! Improvements to the BC Parkway are now complete, so grab your two-wheeler and go for a twirl. These improvements, made over the summer and into fall, will enhance safety and the overall experience for cyclists and pedestrians.

What is the BC Parkway?

The BC Parkway is a 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels SkyTrain’s Expo Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver. It’s an important facility for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users in the region as it makes it easy for pedestrians and cyclists to connect to all Expo Line stations and encourages multi-modal transportation.

Continual improvements to the facility help keep the parkway in good condition and increase the safety and accessibility of the path while allowing users to get around with greater ease.

Here’s a quick look at what we did:

  • Removed and re-graded three retaining walls near Gilley Avenue;
  • Removed the wood pedestrian bridge near Bonsor Avenue, raising the BC Hydro vault and re-graded the path; and
  • Replaced the wood-tie retaining wall near Patterson Station.

Before and after pictures of the work done near Patterson Station (left) and Bonsor Avenue (right)

 

Did you know? TransLink is responsible for more than transit.

Author: Christina Jakopin

More BC Parkway renovations are complete!

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New wayfinding signs along BC Parkway show the distance to your destination!

It’s update time!

More BC Parkway renovations have been completed!

Here’s a quick look at what’s been improved:

  • Wayfinding signs along the whole 26 kilometre length that include destinations and distances
  • Lighting, crossing safety and accessibility improvements in key areas
  • Pavement rehabilitation of approximately 2.6 kilometres in particularly rough segments

BC Parkway is an important facility for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users in the region.

The path connects Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver and provides a facility for walking and wheeling around the area.

Continual improvements to the facility help keep the parkway in good condition and increase the safety and accessibility of the path while allowing users to get around with greater ease.

Make sure to read our past BC Parkway posts to see the progress with these improvements. See you on the parkway!

Author: Laura Tennant

BC Parkway – Find your way with new wayfinding signs!

The new look to wayfinding signs along the BC Parkway

The new look to wayfinding signs along the BC Parkway

See what I did there? So clever!

Old BC parkway wayfinding sign

One of the old BC Parkway signs

If you are curious as to what wayfinding actually is, well, so was I before I started at TransLink!

The basic process of wayfinding involves four steps: orientation, route decision, route monitoring and destination recognition.

It’s essentially a decision making process related to navigation. The decisions we make are influenced by what we sense, our experience and the information we can obtain. Like signage and maps.

If you’ve been a part of the region for more than a few years, you may have noticed some of these sign changes around the transit system.

TransLink is continually implementing wayfinding enhancements as part of existing capital projects, routine maintenance or as specific opportunities arise.

Speaking of opportunities, the BC Parkway is one!

The BC Parkway is a 26-kilometre, multi-use path that connects Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver.

178  new signs are currently being installed along this path. These signs are designed to help everyone better understand the route.

History lesson time!

The BC Parkway was introduced just ahead of the Expo ’86 celebrations.

A new sign out on the BC Parkway

A new sign out on the BC Parkway

The creation and maintenance was (and still is) a partnership between BC Transit (now TransLink) and the municipalities along the route.

TransLink is upgrading BC Parkway as we speak!

This includes some renovation and maintenance work like lighting, crossing safety improvements and accessibility improvements in different areas along the route.

Here are a few of the changes:

  • Realignment of the BC Parkway, away from darker areas and bushes and closer to the road at Nanaimo Station, and along Slocan and Rupert streets.
  • New lighting on parts of the parkway in Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey for increased visibility for BC Parkway users.
  • A new designated route at Nanaimo and Patterson stations to separate cyclists from vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Widened and paved paths with new ramps replacing steps at Slocan and Rupert streets. This improves accessibility for parents with strollers, people in wheelchairs/scooters and cyclists.

Just because I love old flyers and the like, check out an excerpt from the brochure that was distributed in the region at the time with a shot of the very first signs on the path.

BC Parkway brochure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to take a look at our guidelines for bicycle wayfinding to stay up to date on our regional cycling strategy and keep your eyes peeled for the new signs as you’re cruising on your bike!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Psst….psst…do you use the BC Parkway?

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Accessibility and safety improvements are coming to the BC Parkway.

 

I’ve got good news if you cycle or walk along this 26-kilometre, multi-use path. We are making safety and accessibility improvements along the BC Parkway which connects Surrey, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver.

These improvements include:

  • Realignment of the BC Parkway, away from darker areas and bushes and closer to the road at Nanaimo Station, and along Slocan and Rupert streets.
  • New lighting on parts of the parkway in Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey for increased visibility for BC Parkway users.
  • A new designated route at Nanaimo and Patterson SkyTrain stations to separate cyclists from vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Widened and paved paths, with new ramps replacing steps at Slocan and Rupert Streets. This improves accessibility for parents with strollers, people in wheelchairs and scooters, and cyclists.

Minor detours will be in place at specific sections of the BC Parkway during construction. Cyclists should watch for signs along the corridor.

For more details on the BC Parkway, check out our previous posts here and here or visit our website.

Author: Angela Salehi

The BC Parkway repaving is complete!

cyclist near Southridge

Cyclist heading north near Southridge Drive

Back in late October, we shared the news that the BC Parkway was to undergo some much needed improvements, since its opening 27 years ago.

The BC Parkway is 26 km of multi-use path that connects Surrey, New Westminster, South Burnaby, and Vancouver. Because it is a multi-use path, it is important to make the parkway safe and accessible for all kinds of travelers, whether you are walking, cycling, or running around wagging your tail (can’t forget our furry friends!).

The 2013 BC Parkway repaving project is now complete! We’ve fixed up a few areas that were previously rough or unpaved:

  • North and south of the Southridge Drive overpass, near the Burnaby/New Westminster border
  • Between Imperial Street and the Metrotown SkyTrain Station
  • South of Southpoint Drive
  • South of Rumble Street
  • West side of London Place

Based on input we heard during the BC Parkway Upgrades conceptual design, TransLink is planning to do more state of good repair work on the BC Parkway in 2014. We’ll keep you posted!

Author: Angela Chang

BC Parkway improvements

A map of what will be under construction

A map of what will be under construction. More info here.

I’ve got some great news to tell you. We’re making some improvements to the BC Parkway! Yes, the 26-kilometre, multi-use path that parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line (most of the time), connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver is getting some needed improvements.

As noted in our interview with Peggy Gibbs, the parkway hasn’t seen any repaving since it opened 27 years ago.

TransLink is responsible for the portion of the parkway approximately between Nanaimo SkyTrain Station in Vancouver to the New Westminster SkyTrain Station (roughly 12 km). These improvements include repaving of three areas (see map above or click here for .pdf). During this time, these portions in red will be closed. Signage is posted around construction areas providing alternative routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

It’s exciting news that we’re going to be starting construction soon since improvements have been in the works for a short while. The repaving is weather permitting, so we hope to have the work done as soon as possible.

With more people and services moving near the parkway and SkyTrain stations, these improvements are important for commuters and to move towards the region’s targets of having more people cycling in the region.

If you’re a parkway user, we’d love to know your thoughts on these improvements. We’ve been working with municipal partners like the City of Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and Vancouver on more repaving and other changes to the parkway in the future.

Ask TransLink: our roads engineer Q&A helps move a sign, talks BC Parkway upgrades, and more

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From April 15 to May 10, you can Ask TransLink! We’re spotlighting one TransLink staff member every week and inviting you to ask them questions about their work. Find out all about the series.

Peggy Gibbs, TransLink roads engineer!

Peggy Gibbs, TransLink roads engineer!

Roads engineer Peggy Gibbs will be wrapping up her Q&A on the blog at noon today, Friday April 19, 2013 – but just before she goes, here’s some of the highlights from her discussion this week!

We moved a sign blocking a cycling path in Richmond

Caption and photo from Voony’s blog: Sign on Knight bridge, at Mitchell Island interchange, resting in the middle of the pathway, also advertised as a bike lane.

Voony wrote in asking whether this construction sign on Mitchell Island belonged to us, as it was blocking the bike path he uses.

Peggy looked into it, and it got removed! Here’s what she wrote:

The temporary sign appears to be from the City of Richmond’s contractor, and we contacted the City to direct their contractor to relocate it out of the paved path. The sign has now been removed by the City’s contractor.

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This is Vancouver’s newest Instagram hotspot: SkyTrain’s Joyce–Collingwood Station

 

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The upgrades at SkyTrain’s Joyce–Collingwood Station are now complete and not only is there a new, upgraded elevator and escalator to improve passenger access, there’s a colourful public art installation that wraps around the new stationhouse and the nearby bus loop! Read more »

Bike to Work Week is May 27 to June 2!

Bike to Work Week this spring is May 27 to June 2!

Bike to Work Week this spring is May 27 to June 2!

Step up and bike to work, school and everywhere in between during HUB Cycling’s Bike to Work Week, May 27 to June 2! Read more »

4 tips for a successful bike commute

The Canada Line bike bridge

Whether the weather, improving your health and the health and well-being of our communities, cost savings or just looking for a change, bike commuting is a great option for getting around Metro Vancouver. Part of being an organization focused on the effective movement of people and goods across our region means we are dedicated to thinking outside the box when it comes to transportation.

This means transit in our region isn’t just bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express, but also investing in cycling and cycling infrastructure like bike routes and bike parkades and bus bike racks, integration of apps to assist with multi-modal transportation, and opportunities to leverage car share partnerships to expand commuter’s point A to point B travel options.

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Celebrate the opening of the Bike Parkade at Metrotown Station

The Bike Parkade at Metrotown Station!

Metrotown Station ranks as the fifth busiest SkyTrain station with close to 20,000 boardings on a typical weekday. That’s dramatically more than when the station opened in 1985, prior to the surrounding area and Metrotown mall developing.

Over the past five years alone, about 3,000 new units have been built near to Metrotown Station, with another 5,000 units under construction or planned – that’s a lot of new folks to the area.

That’s why we’re excited to open a new Bike Parade, completed as part of the recently completed Metrotown Station upgrades, to help make it easier to get around.

We’ll be there on Friday, August 10, between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. with our partners HUB Cycling and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) to celebrate! Be one of the first 20 people to ask about how to #BikeToTransit and receive a FREE bike tool kit!

You may be wondering now, what is #BikeToTransit? It’s a partnership between TransLink, HUB Cycling, Mobi by Shaw Go, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), Project 529, Modacity and Cowlines that strives to make it easier for commuters to integrate cycling into their travels.

All of you who live, work, or play in the Metrotown area can #BiketoTransit and store your ride in this safe and convenient facility. This is the fifth parkade to open in the region and couldn’t be in a better location, right along BC Parkway. If you haven’t already, enrol for the program today!

Bike Parkades are secure facilities where customers who ride bikes to or from transit can lock their bike for the day. The parkade can be accessed with a registered Compass Card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for $1 per use (per day) to a maximum of $8 per calendar month.

Aside from the Bike Parkade, the station today has: 

  • Three glass-walled elevators
  • Four pairs of up-and-down escalators
  • New stairs to improve access
  • Two additional entrances, giving customers three ways to access the platform
  • Glass panels and better lighting to improve safety and security
  • Easier connections between bus and SkyTrain
  • A new west stationhouse to integrate with new developments nearby
  • Public art – Steven Brekelmens’ Natural Resources (Log Benches)

SkyTrain Flashback: Metrotown SkyTrain Station circa 1986.

Author: Aylinn Kimura

Q&A: Bike Parkades support active transportation in Metro Vancouver

Derek Yau is a transportation engineer with TransLink. He looks after the region’s bike facilities.

Did you know 107,000 trips are made each day by cycling in Metro Vancouver?

As Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, it’s our job to help support and grow the number of bike trips. How do we do this? We help provide connections to the wider transportation system of the region by making transit more bike-accessible.

The Bike Parkade at Joyce–Collingwood Station on opening day

That means including spaces on transit for bicycles, managing the Major Road Network (including five bridges), providing cycling options such as the BC Parkway, Central Valley Greenway and Canada Line Pedestrian–Bicycle Bridge, and developing the Regional Cycling Strategy.

We also invest in Bike Parkades—indoor facilities where registered customers can store their bikes for the day and connect directly to transit. The latest facility opened at Joyce–Collingwood Station just last month, joining the parkades at Main Street–Science World and King George stations.  Read more »

Year in Review: an update on the Expo Line SkyTrain station upgrades

A major milestone for Metrotown Station this year as both the centre and west stationhouses opened!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time to look back at the past twelve months and take stock of all that we’ve accomplished…like making tremendous progress on four Expo Line SkyTrain Station upgrades!

In order to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our customers and the entire region for years to come, these four stations are currently being upgraded to improve station accessibility, capacity, safety and security. Read more »

TransLink is responsible for more than just transit?!

Cycling isn’t just one of the healthiest ways to travel, but it’s also a pollution-free mode of transport. Did you know that cycling 10km each way to work would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions a year?!

You may or may not know that TransLink is responsible for much more than just transit. Our cycling program is vast and varied, covering everything from regional cycling initiatives to end-of-trip facilities and we’re committed to addressing many of the transportation challenges that Metro Vancouver faces today.

Our multimodal mandate

We’re responsible for providing cycling options in the region and connecting cycling to the wider transportation system of Metro Vancouver while supporting over 107,000 bike trips daily! Our long-term transportation strategy, TransLink 2040 sets goals for the kind of transportation future we want. Within the next 30 years, one of the goals is that most trips in Metro Vancouver will be made by transit, walking and cycling.

If we can reduce the distances driven in the region by 33 per cent by designing our communities and transportation systems to encourage half of our trips to be by walking, cycling or transit, everyone will benefit! This will reduce congestion, make travel more reliable, protect our climate by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and by make roads safer.

Bicycle transportation system

Bikeway network

Did you know that there are multi-use paths that make biking to and from destinations easier, safer and more accessible?

  • The BC Parkway– A 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver.
  • The Central Valley Greenway– A 24-kilometre route for cycling, jogging, walking, wheelchairs, skateboarding and blading that connect Vancouver with Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycling Bridge – The important link connecting the cycling routes of Richmond and Vancouver

Bike racks

Every single vehicle in our bus fleet has racks for your bike. That’s right. You don’t have to leave your bike at home ever again! Check out this Buzzer blog post with a detailed video on how to take your bike on the bus and then test out your skills at our bike rack demo in North Vancouver or on your next transit trip!

Transit tip! Exit from the front door and let the driver know that you need to remove your bike.

Bike Parkades

Currently, our two bike parkades are located at Main Street-Science World Station and King George Station with more parkades en route soon. Bike Parkades are well-lit, indoor bicycle parking facilities where users can lock up their bike for the day. They provide secure and convenient access seven days a week to customers who enroll through their Compass Card.

Bike Parkades cost only one dollar a day, with fees capped at eight dollars a month. Check out our how-to video below! Register online for access by visiting www.translink.ca/bikeparkade.

FYI: In the next two years four more Bike Parkades will be opening at King Edward, Joyce, Commercial-Broadway and Metrotown stations!

Partners

Our TravelSmart team works with a variety of corporate and government partners to ensure that Metro Vancouverites are aware of smarter travel options.

TravelSmart partners with the following organizations to deliver our programs throughout the region:

Some of our awesome bike partners

HUB focuses on showing people that cycling is an attractive and healthy choice for everyone. Their annual spring and fall Bike to Work weeks celebrate bike commuting across Metro Vancouver. We also partner with HUB on their different programs such as their Bike Host orientation program and their Bike to Shop Days.

BEST provides bike valet services at events in Metro Vancouver such as Khatsalano Fest, Celebration of Light, Vancouver Whitecaps home games and the Gastown Grand Prix. The Bike Valet operates at many events that TransLink supports and this year they expect to park 30,000 bicycles at events across the Metro Vancouver region!

Mark your calendar and be part of the change and help make Metro Vancouver a happier, healthier place to live, work and play! This year’s fall Bike to Work week will take place from October 23 to 27, 2017.

Wondering where to bike next? Plan your trip by exploring our online cycling maps and route planning tool!

Author: Christina Jakopin