A bike path planned for Hadden and Kitsilano beach parks has been put on hold until a court ruling is reached on legal action challenging the proposed route.
According to Robert Kasting, a lawyer representing historian Megan Carvell Davis, City of Vancouver lawyers agreed to a B.C. Supreme Court injunction halting any construction on the path until a hearing is held on the lawsuit.
Kasting told reporters at a news conference in Hadden Park today (November 8) that Harvey Hadden bought the land in 1928 and gave it to the city “with the very specific trust that it be kept in its natural state”.
He added that Davis felt the plan to add a bike path through the park was “a violation of that trust agreement the city entered into when they were donated [the] property”.
Park board commissioner Constance Barnes said the city is pausing further work on the bike path until the issue is heard in B.C. Supreme Court.
“What happens here now is we put the pause button on until we go before the courts and see what the courts decide,” Barnes told the Straight by phone.
Barnes added that the proposed route of the separated bike path through Hadden and Kitsilano beach parks was not “written in stone”.
“There seems to be quite a misconception that we’ve already decided on the path, and that’s not the case," she said.
In response to public opposition to the path, the park board announced last month it would be establishing an advisory group on the final design of the route.
Barnes said the aim of the new route is to improve safety for people using the existing paths through the beach parks.
“I see the seniors down there with their walkers and the bikes kind of trying to dodge in and around them and kids,” she said.
Howard Kelsey, an opponent of the proposed bike path, told reporters that the topic “is not a bike lane issue”.
“This is a common sense issue,” he said.