Fitzgerald Corridor Cycling Expansion Project
Start: Fall 2019
End: Fall 2019
Last Updated: September 5, 2019
The Fitzgerald Corridor Cycling Expansion project will provide critical connections from the City of Courtenay's downtown core to existing cycling facilities (Riverway Trail and 5th Street), Driftwood Mall, and provide a continuous north-south spine which will form the foundation of the cycling network on the west side of the City.
The project will provide buffered bike lanes which will connect the 5th Street separated cycling facilities and Riverway Trail (paved multi-use pathway).
The project will consist of:
- Removal of existing pavement markings
- Install of new painted bike lanes
- Install new signage for bike facilites
- Install enhanced crossing markings
- Install new curb extensions
These upgrades will improve safety by providing a dedicated space for cyclists. The existing facility along Fitzgerald Avenue does not connect to other bicycle infrastructure leaving cyclists to share the space with vehicles unexpectedly. This project will ensure dedicated space is available, consistent and connects to existing separated facilities.
Courtenay’s OCP outlines the importance of cycling as a form of transportation. The OCP sets a target that by 2020 10% of trips in Courtenay will be made by bicycle. Additionally, one of the goals identified in the Transportation chapter recognizes the importance of developing a transportation system that provides choice for different modes of travel including pedestrians and people with mobility challenges. The OCP also states that the City will continue to pursue the development of a continuous, integrated bicycle network to promote and encourage cycling as a commuting alternative to the automobile and as a means of active recreation.
One objective of the Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy is to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to increase the use of active transportation options.
To encourage healthy living and to help address climate change, the Province of B.C. is cost-sharing cycling infrastructure projects with local government through the BikeBC program. 50% of this project is funded by the BikeBC Program.