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New cycling lane planned for Ladner roadway

Proposed bike lane will result in the elimination of parking on one side of the street
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The Ladner avenue was identified as a priority route in the city’s draft Cycling Master Plan.

Next up is a Ladner roadway as the City of Delta continues to eye more bike lanes in the community.

A public information meeting will take place at Delta City Hall this week on proposed cycling improvements on 44 Avenue from Arthur Drive to 57 Street.

The project includes marked buffered on-street cycle lanes, a defined parking lane along the north side of 44 Avenue as well as the removal of on-street parking along the south side of 44 Avenue to accommodate the cycling lanes.

One resident has contacted the Optimist expressing frustration over the potential loss of some of his street’s parking.

Construction is tentatively scheduled for this summer or fall, which is to tie into the existing cycling lanes along Arthur Drive, south of 44 Avenue, and would result in a continuous cycling facility on 44 Avenue from Ladner Elementary to Dugald Morrison Park.  

Delta’s engineering department notes the proposed project was identified in the 2022 capital plan approved by council.

It is currently in the design stage and notices were sent to residents to get comments.

The information meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., is to obtain community feedback and answer questions.

There is also a separate Neighbourhood Road Improvement Project along 44 Avenue between 48B Street and Arthur Drive involving new curb and gutter, sidewalk, multi-use pathway, traffic calming, street light improvements and crosswalk upgrades at 50 Street. 

That project is to provide improved active transportation connections to Ladner Elementary.

Community consultations on that project have concluded and the design was revised to address community feedback.

Construction is scheduled to begin this week. 

As far as cycling improvements in Delta, 44 Avenue is identified as a priority route in the draft Cycling Master Plan. 

The city is also looking at improving the 64 Street corridor for cyclists through wayfinding signs and markings this year.

City council recently endorsed a staff recommendation to see what the public has to say about the draft cycling plan, which has been a couple of years in the making.

The report explains the proposed plan focuses on creating a city-wide network of bicycle facilities that are physically separated from traffic and on streets with low traffic volumes.

Network gaps were identified with proposed improvements including 56 Street, 12 Avenue and 28 Avenue in Tsawwassen, as well as 64 Street, Ferry Road and 44 Avenue in Ladner, and also 112 Street, 80 Avenue and Nordel Way in North Delta.

Meanwhile, future community linkage bike lane upgrades have also been identified including Arthur Drive, River Road and Ladner Trunk Road.

The draft plans identifies new cycling routes, as well as upgrading current routes, which have all been prioritized from high, medium-high, medium, medium-low to low.