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More students to benefit from Delta cycling course

The city has been working on a new cycling master plan to develop a well-connected and complete network
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The HUB course is aimed at empowering youth to be safe and confident on city bike routes and streets.

Delta council recently instructed staff to see how it can expand a cycling education program at local elementary schools.

In a recent letter to council, HUB Cycling noted its Learn2Ride course is now offered to grades 4 and 5 classes at three Delta schools, a program that’s received funding from TransLink and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Established in 1998, HUB Cycling is a charitable organization promoting cycling for daily purposes in Metro Vancouver.

HUB asked if the city would be interested in providing funding to expand the program to six schools.

Saying he’d like to see the program expanded eventually to all elementary schools, Coun. Dylan Kruger said he and Mayor George Harvie recently met with representatives of the Delta chapter of HUB and discussed how education and out-reach should go hand-in-hand with new cycling infrastructure that will be built in the city.

It was agreed at council that should Delta participate in the education program, the school district would need to also be a funding partner as well as potentially other agencies.

The idea is to be discussed at an upcoming council/school board liaison committee meeting.

Harvie noted he’d like to see the program eventually expanded to seniors’ centres as well.

The city is currently undertaking a new Cycling Master Plan for Delta.

In the works for over a year, that plan will be coming soon to council.

Council recently gave the go-ahead for staff to come up with a conceptual design for new cycling lanes on 12th Avenue between English Bluff Road and 56th Street in Tsawwassen.

New cycling lanes were completed this summer on 12th Avenue between 56th Street and Boundary Bay Road.

The cycling lanes feature a painted buffer that provides an additional separation between the cycling and vehicle lanes as well as high-visibility green paint to demark traffic conflict zones at driveway entrances.

Staff noted they received positive feedback from residents as well as the Delta HUB cycling group.