Highway 99 needs bike greenway, cycling advocate says
Powell Street isn’t the only thoroughfare crying out for a separated bike lane in Metro Vancouver, according to a local cycling advocate.
In a telephone interview on May 15, HUB Cycling executive director Erin O’Melinn also mentioned Highway 99 in Richmond, Delta, and Surrey.
“If there was a corridor along Highway 99, that would allow people in Vancouver, for example, to cycle all the way to the ferry or to the border—and there’s tons of demand for that,” O’Melinn said. “Currently, there is no way for you to legally cycle that distance.”
Ideally, this would take the form of a greenway, so cyclists could enjoy some “fresh air” and scenery, O’Melinn added.
She noted that the B.C. government’s plan to replace the George Massey Tunnel with a bridge—construction could begin as soon as 2017—offers an opportunity to add cycling infrastructure to the Highway 99 corridor.