Posted on September 14, 2011
Cyclists Want Safety In The Comox Valley
Concessions made for cyclists by the City of Vancouver has been hotly-contested over the past several years, and it seems that the debate is shifting to the Comox Valley. The 5th Street Bridge is one of only two crossings over the Puntledge River in downtown Courtenay and local cyclists are pushing for a connection that’s both pedestrian and bicycle-friendly.
Photo: Richard Eriksson on Flickr
As it stands today, the 5th Street Bridge is narrow, boasting only two lanes for vehicle traffic with awkward sidewalks on either side of the bridge. Recently the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition (CVCC) approached Courtenay City Council and presented the idea of a bridge from the foot of Sixth Street, across the river to Simms Millennium Park (as illustrated below).
A survey conducted in 2009 by the CVCC concluded that 70% of those interviewed found cycling conditions in the Comox Valley to be dangerous and that almost all of them would cycle more often if conditions improved. [source]
A safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians – both of which frequently use Simms Millennium Park and the adjacent Lewis Park – is crucial for the expansion of sustainable transport in the Comox Valley.
Ed Schum of the CVCC summed up the importance of it: “It doesn’t matter if we believe in the global problem of climate change or not, all one has to do is travel around our Valley and see the traffic congestion, hear the increased noise and smell the exhaust fumes to realize that this is not good for our health, our environment or our lifestyle.”
Courtenay City Council hasn’t commented on when a decision will be made.
What are your thoughts? Is a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly bridge crucial in the Comox Valley?