Majority support for pedestrian/cycling bridge

Comments from the public on proposed project call for bike lanes on King/Marshall, on-street parking

The majority of public comments on a proposed pedestrian and cycling overpass were in favour of the project, according to a city report.

The city is planning to build a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over Highway 1 to connect two parts of Salton Road, just east of McCallum Road. The structure – along with bike lanes between Marshall and King roads – would cost the city $2.9 million, with the province providing another $1 million of funding. The hope is to better link the UDistrict and surrounding area with Abbotsford’s core.

The city held a public information meeting on January 19, and received a total of 35 written and online comments on the project.

Of those, 61 per cent were in favour of the bridge, 24 per cent were opposed and 15 per cent were undecided, according to a report presented to council last week.

Around half of respondents said the project would encourage them to walk or cycle more, although two people noted that its proximity to McCallum Road meant the money was better spent elsewhere.

Others comments focused on the need to maintain the sidewalks and bridges, particularly in the winter; the need for good lights; and proper signage for intersections.

There were also concerns about cycling safety on Marshall and King roads, which have no bike lanes. The report said staff would “prioritize all future bike routes.”

Three-quarters of respondents also supported on-street parking. The report said there will be parking along Salton.

tolsen@abbynews.com

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