Letter: Danger factor too high with Burnaby's new linear park

Editor:

Re: Burnaby’s weirdest park just won a big award, NOW, July 13

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I note the glamourization of the Willingdon Linear Parkway by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

While the site may be pretty with nice trees, it’s not useful for much other than casual strolling.

I suspect users of this path would have appreciated a good quality and wide sidewalk with bikes in a separated cycle path, rather than sharing the narrow space with cyclists.

The path also has with too many entrance ways for motor vehicles to cross in front of users (cyclists and walkers) and, as a result, this increases the danger factor for everyone. Don’t forget, the path also demolished viable and valuable homes owned by the city.

Now let’s look to the future because the WLP design was under the previous mayor.

Burnaby has a new mayor and council that see active transportation differently and HUB Burnaby is excited to work with Mayor Mike Hurley, city council and city staff to consider cycling options that are not only attractive, but offer safer for all types of active transportation users in Burnaby.

Cathy Griffin, Burnaby

 

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