New Westminster, B.C. – The City of New Westminster is pleased to announce the completion and official opening of the Agnes Street Greenway this month, marking a significant step forward in the City’s sustainability and climate action goals. This project was made possible with funding contributions from TransLink in the amount of $2.12 million, and with a $500,000 BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant from the Province of B.C.
“The completion of the Agnes Street Greenway is exciting because it puts the City of New Westminster’s Core Cycling Network one step closer to becoming a reality, and also advances goals outlined in both the Master Transportation Plan and Seven Bold Steps for Climate Action,” said Mayor Patrick Johnstone. “More than just a bike path that connects the downtown neighbourhood, the Greenway is a people-oriented public space that reduces traffic and pollution.”
The Agnes Street Greenway took three years to develop and complete, and included a robust public engagement and consultation process to finalize its design. It includes a two-way protected lane for cycling and rolling, new landscaping and trees, a rain garden, a dog parklet, seating and bike racks, a water fountain and misting station, and improvements to existing intersections and sidewalks.
The project also provided an opportunity to incorporate public art; local Indigenous artist Rain Pierre, of the Katzie First Nation, was commissioned to create designs for two crosswalks near École Qayqayt Elementary School. Qayqayt students were involved in the creative process through an art competition. Our Children Again reflects the joint journey towards reconciliation, and We Found Love is representative of the LGBTQ2S+ community. Both pieces along with their artist statements can be viewed on the City’s Public Art Registry: newwestcity.ca/public-art-registry
"TransLink is committed to creating safe and accessible traffic-separated multi-use paths, such as the Agnes Street Greenway, to encourage people to embrace zero-emission modes of travel," said Kevin Quinn, CEO of TransLink. "The Agnes Street Greenway is a part of our vision to build a traffic-separated 850-kilometre Major Bikeway Network through Transport 2050."
"Encouraging people to get out of their car and onto a bike or e-bike starts with providing safe and enjoyable trails and multi-use paths that connect people to the places they need to go,” said Jennifer Whiteside, MLA New Westminster. “Our government is pleased to work with our partners in New Westminster to support investments in infrastructure that make a difference in people’s lives and move us closer to a net-zero future.”
The Agnes Street Greenway will be officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and family-friendly celebration on Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, near the intersection of Merivale and Agnes Streets. Mayor Johnstone will be in attendance along with representatives from the Province of B.C. and TransLink, and local Indigenous leaders. Find event details on our website: newwestcity.ca/calendar-of-events/events/7131.php
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