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Letters: Paving of dikes is a bad idea

My suggestion to the members of HUB, is they use an all-terrain bike with proper tires and enjoy the aerial displays of the regions raptors and other wildlife like coyotes on their rides.
Cyclists on Boundary Bay dike
HUB Cycling would like a sheet of asphalt laid on top of the dike, once all the work has been done. That smooth surface could make for speedier cycling commutes and encourage users of all abilities by making easier riding for whoever’s using the dike trail.

Editor:

Re: If dikes ever raised, please pave the tops, cyclist suggest and no to paving on the dike Aug. 22, 2022/Opportunities are endless in Delta Sept. 15-2022

I generally support the inclusion of cycling lanes in existing roadway networks when and where it’s feasible, however the paving of dikes is a legitimately bad, selfish idea and is inappropriate for many reasons.

Dikes are a protective measure for all of us that is dependent on proper soil compaction. As a protective infrastructure they will be have to be raised periodically due to sea level rise. Placing an asphalt surface would compromise the dike structure integrity and would also introduce petroleum substances into this environmentally-sensitive area and would also pose a hostile and serious impediment to area wildlife.

Delta is internationally recognized as a critical fly away zone for migratory birds that depend on this vibrant eco system. This would also impact the adjacent agriculture land reserves as well, that is critical for our food security that is being intensified by current global geopolitical events.

Along with climate change and the Anthropocene Epoch that we have created has also ushered in the ecological collapse of the sixth mass extinction that is also occurring now. Humanity must do everything in our power to preserve all existing ecosystems and current and future species at-risk, that are critical to human existence, “think globally act locally”. How far does this type of misguided proposal go? Do we start paving mountain bike trails in Watershed Park?

My suggestion to the members of HUB, is they use an all-terrain bike with proper tires and enjoy the aerial displays of the regions raptors and other wildlife like coyotes on their rides.

Glenn Kirkwood