TransLink has released an updated version of its cycling map for Metro Vancouver.
The 2021 version of the map comes with some significant changes to the way cycling routes are classified. The new method of classification places more emphasis on the relative level of comfort, i.e. level of perceived safety, from the cyclist’s perspective.
Three levels of comfort are defined: Comfortable for Most, Comfortable for Some, and Comfortable for Few.
Comfortable for Most:
These routes are typically suitable for riders of a wider range of ages and abilities. These routes are either (1) physically separated from vehicle traffic and, ideally, separated from pedestrians, or (2) not physically separated from vehicle traffic but located in quiet neighbourhood streets.
Comfortable for Some:
These routes are typically suitable for riders who are confident in cycling in a moderate amount of vehicle traffic. These routes can be (1) physically separated from vehicle traffic, or (2) not separated physically, where the level of traffic is moderate, and a bike lane as demarcated by a painted line may or may not exist.
Comfortable for Few:
These routes are typically more suitable for the ‘strong and fearless’ and ‘enthused and confident’ riders, and are located along busy auto routes. A bike lane as demarcated by a painted line may or may not exist.
Routes in green are designated cycle routes, whereas purple routes are informal routes.
TransLink cycle route classifications
HUB Cycling has worked closely with TransLink in preparing this new map. The assessment and subsequent classifications of comfort of the routes in this updated map were made possible only by many volunteers who spent many hours going through the routes and assessing their actual on-the-ground conditions in their local areas.
The online version of the TransLink cycle map can be viewed or downloaded by visiting the TransLink website.
The paper version of the map can be obtained at your local bike shops in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
HUB Cycling Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows also brings a small quantity of maps to give out at its stand at local events such as Earth Day and GETI Fest, when these physical events can happen again after the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are relaxed.