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City to Connect Communities with New Greenways Plan

winding greenway in Surrey

June 11, 2012

Surrey – The City will expand the network of cycling and pedestrian paths in Surrey through a new Greenways Plan, which will be officially unveiled at tonight’s Council meeting.

“We want to connect our town centres with a continuous network of pathways, which will promote sustainable transportation options and active living,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. ‘The Greenways Plan will help us link people to our parks, recreation centres, businesses, schools and activities taking place throughout our communities.”

The City underwent a public consultation process during the development of the plan, which included workshops, surveys, an open house and public presentations.

“The purpose of the plan is to provide the City with a framework to expand our network of greenways and to integrate these types of pathways into our land-use planning process in a safe, accessible, and interesting way,” says Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Park, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. She adds that Surrey has already created more than 70 km of greenways and over 200 km of bike lanes throughout the city.

To achieve the objectives of the plan, a number of action items have been incorporated, including:

Community Connections: The Importance of Networks

  • Regularly review and update the City’s Greenway Map as new opportunities emerge
  • Ensure that a greenway loop is incorporated into each of the town centres
  • Review existing greenway connectors and document sections needed to connect communities

Shaping Surrey: New Opportunities from New Development

  • Ensure that Neighbourhood Concept Plans (NCP) take advantage of greenways
  • Examine opportunities to modify the development review process to ensure that greenway construction is considered
  • Identify the land acquisition priorities for greenway corridors on an annual basis

Continuous Improvement: Coordinate, Partner and Advocate

  • Conduct joint capital program planning sessions
  • Develop a public consultation strategy regarding the implementation of greenway sections
  • Seek out new grants and other funding opportunities
  • Engage the Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee and Surrey farmers in a discussion regarding the public use of dykes with a view to creating little or no impact on adjacent farms.

Quality Design and Management: Accessibility, Safety and Comfort

  • Apply CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) principles to the location, design and maintenance of the greenway network
  • Update the Greenway Proximity Study (2001) related to the impact of greenways on crime and property values
  • Adopt universal access design criteria for the greenway network
  • Continue to improve the aesthetics of the greenways
  • Introduce more public art along the greenway network

A greenway is a paved, multi-purpose pathway that is separated from motor vehicles and is intended for the use of pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users.

For more information, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/files/Greenways_Plan_Web.pdf

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584