It's been a really busy and productive first year for the HUB Langley Committee. We've met some fantastic people on our short journey and would like to extend a thank you to all of you who have supported the efforts to improve cycling in Langley.
Some of the 2015 highlights include:
- Since formally becoming a committee of HUB:Cycling in May, we've reached out to all corners of Langley and have made connections with cycling groups, event organizers, engineering and planning departments, council members, and community stakeholders such as local and district Parent Advisory Councils (PAC), Langley Seniors Centre, Fraser Health, Langley School Board, as well as with engineering and planning departments from outside Langley.
- We identified and categorized the important bike corridor routes in Langley as part of the HUB UngaptheMap initiate to connect the entire Metro Vancouver region with cycling lanes.
- We've collaborated with the HUB Surrey Committee and are working on a cycling route between Cloverdale and downtown Langley City. We'll be telling you much more about this project as the new year progresses.
- HUB conducted a Learn2Ride bicycle training program at West Langley Elementary School in September and nearly 200 children in grades 3 - 5 received comprehensive training about how to ride bicycles safely in the community. Following this training, our committee has been working with the staff and PAC at West Langley Elementary as well as with a professor from Trinity Western University (who recently did a transportation study on the school) to find ways to increase the number of children riding bikes to school each day. This is an ongoing project that we're certain will see positive results.
- This past year brought us good news that the BC Provincial government provided funding to rebuild the 203rd Street bridge over the Nicomekl River which will include the addition of bicycle lanes. Shortly after hearing that good news, the Provincial government awarded the city with another $440,000 to make bicycle specific infrastructure improvements on 203rd Street from Michaud Crescent to Grade Crescent. This is an important segment of a cycling route that we in the HUB Langley Committee see as a vital future corridor for cycling from the Golden Ears Bridge through to south Langley.
- The City of Langley recently informed us that HUB Langley is a recognized stakeholder in the 203rd Street project.
I'd like to send out much gratitude and introduce everyone to HUB Langley Committee members Stanley Ynetma and Michael Ge for all the hard work and dedication that they've put into helping get the HUB Langley Committee off the ground. Stan is a City Planner and Michael is a Transportation Engineer - their input and expertise has been invaluable.
It's been a great start up year for our committee and we're looking forward with excitement to continuing working and collaborating with others in the community in 2016 to make Langley a great place to ride a bike.
See you at a monthly meeting soon!
HUB Langley Committee Chair