We’ll eventually finish the consultation over temporary surfaces to be applied to the temporary paths on the Arbutus Greenway. Hopefully, the result will be that all the public, all ages and all abilities, will have a chance to get onto the paths and check out all 9 km and all 42 acres of the old railroad corridor.  We’ll end up with much more design input.

And then we’ll get going on the major discussion over the final design. In anticipation, it has occurred to me that we are not starting from scratch here.

Aren’t there several places in metro Vancouver where people of all ages and abilities travel on foot, two wheels, three and four wheels along relatively narrow corridors?  Such as the seawalls in Vancouver, Railway Avenue in Richmond, North Shore’s Spirit Trail.  Aren’t these handy sources to mine for a decade or more experience?

So let’s think about these:   what do we like and don’t like; what has worked and not worked; what’s great, what’s lousy. Then let’s go on from there.

It seems to me that the biggest difference to these seawall designs (pix below)is that the Arbutus Greenway will cross several high-speed high-volume motor vehicle arterials.  Intersection designs, as always, will be a major consideration.  (Underpasses, anyone?)

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