The City of Chilliwack is adding three more sections to its cycling network. (Submitted photo)

The City of Chilliwack is adding three more sections to its cycling network. (Submitted photo)

Cycling network set to expand in Chilliwack

Three projects are nearing completion, including an extention of the Valley Rail Trail

Three Chilliwack cycling network projects that are under construction now will create a cycling link from Sardis-Vedder to downtown Chilliwack.

The City of Chilliwack announced Thursday that work is going well on the Valley Rail Trail extension, the Airport-Broadway corridor and Britton-Spruce upgrades.

The paved multi-use Valley Rail Trail extension will run from Airport Road to Hocking Avenue. It is separated from the Southern railway tracks with fencing and will feature pathway lighting to match the existing trail sections.

Construction is expected to be finished soon.

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The City anticipates the Airport-Broadway corridor being completed June 15, providing buffered and protected on-street bicycle lanes to connect Chilliwack Proper with the cycling network. Buffered bicycle lanes will also be installed from the south end of the Valley Rail Trail along Britton Avenue and Spruce Drive to the neighbourhood bike route on Wiltshire Street. Protected bicycle lanes will be installed along the curve on Sheffield Way.

“Community engagement was an important part of the process for each of these projects,” said Mayor Ken Popove. “The resulting changes reflect a balance between the needs of cyclists, nearby residents and businesses, and I look forward to seeing more Chilliwack residents using their bikes to explore our city.”

The City’s Cycle Vision Plan was accepted by Council in 2017.


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