Vancouver park board chair Sarah Blyth would like to clarify a point about the separated bike path proposed for Kitsilano Beach: those white lines that have been painted through the park (pictured above and below), they do not mark the route that’s actually planned.
They can’t mark the exact route, Blyth explained, because the park board hasn’t yet agreed on where the new pavement will go.
“There is partial resemblance to reality, in that the path is going to be going in,” Blyth told the Straight in a telephone interview. “But there hasn’t been a decision on what that is going to look like.
“They just sort of drew a line along there,” Blyth added in reference to the actions of citizens. “But while we’ve made the decision to make the path, exactly how it goes through there is still being worked on.”
On October 7, the park board approved plans to spend $2.2 million on the construction of a separated bike path that will run through Kitsilano Beach and Hadden parks. The lane will complete a continuous path from Canada Place to Jericho Beach.
The section proposed for those parks has attracted a significant number of very vocal opponents—“democracy”, as Blyth put it.
The project remains in the planning stages with the park board discussing proposal details with consultants.
According to a park board report, a designated route should be agreed upon by October 31, and construction completed by May 16, 2014.