Along with its dike trails, the Osprey Village riverfront and its surroundings have long been a favourite Pitt Meadows destination for visitors and locals looking for a weekend ride.
However, for those who are not comfortable riding in traffic and especially for families with young children, getting there from the east through Hammond in Maple Ridge requires braving through traffic on 113B Ave. and negotiating two roundabouts at the Golden Ears Bridge and Airport Way.
There is now an opportunity to create a route which would allow for safe and comfortable travel by people of all ages and abilities between our neighbouring communities.
The Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant, which currently serves 30,000 people in Langley, will be expanded to serve 230,000 people, including residents and businesses in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. In addition to adding a new pipeline under the Fraser River, an underground sewer line will also be installed on land between Wharf Street and Airport Way in Pitt Meadows.
A new multi-use path could be constructed from Wharf Street, over the new sewer line, and connect to the existing pathway just south of Airport Way leading to Bonson Road and on to Osprey Village.
This route, if realized, would help avoid 113B Ave. and the two daunting traffic circles, and make for a safe and comfortable route for all, thus enhancing the livability of the surrounding neighbourhoods.
HUB Cycling Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Local Committee has written to Metro Vancouver advocating the above proposal for the multi-use path. Hopefully our plea would fall on sympathetic ears.