A new multi-use pathway that connects West Vancouver to North Vancouver is now open.
The Hugo Ray Connector completes a vital link along the north side of Highway 1 between Capilano River and the entrance to Hugo Ray Park on 3rd Street in West Vancouver, says District of West Vancouver.
According to the district, this new route will complete a link in both the pedestrian and bike networks, allowing easier access for residents and visitors to the Capilano Pacific Trail, as well as to areas north and south of the highway.
The connector is paved and has a railing and retaining wall to separate the new path from traffic. The project was co-funded by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The Hugo Ray Connector is safe for all users, including commuter cyclists travelling across the North Shore, and provides better access to the Capilano Pacific Trail and Capilano River Regional Park.
Previously, cyclists and pedestrians had to travel along an uneven shoulder adjacent to the highway. The connector pathway is a result of a collaboration on transportation issues that began last year through the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project, or INSTPP.
West Vancouver council would continue to improving mobility by expanding transportation options in West Vancouver, Mayor Mary-Ann Booth said.
“Our vision is to reduce our reliance on vehicles and to support sustainable modes of transportation, including walking, cycling and using public transit. The Hugo Ray Connector is an excellent example of contributing to this vision,” Booth said.
“This path creates a safe and comfortable cycling and walking route between West Vancouver and North Vancouver that residents and visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy.”
Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, said the Hugo Ray Connector would improve safety, mobility and accessibility for all active commuters.
“People of all ages and abilities will be able to use this pathway both now and into the future, both for commuting and recreation,” she said.
The official opening ceremony for the Hugo Ray Connector is on Friday, November 8 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Hugo Ray Park, located at the base of 3rd Street, north of Highway 1. Everyone is welcome.