Gibsons Connector 2021

Current Project Status

Construction on the Gibsons Way downhill bike lane is underway and is expected to be complete in spring 2021.

Roadwork at the School Road/South Fletcher intersection began April 6th, 2021 and is expected to last about 2 weeks.

Construction on North Fletcher Road will begin in mid to late April 2021, with work expected to be complete in June 2021.

Following completion of the road improvements, staff will monitor traffic and resident feedback to determine if additional traffic calming or safety measures are required.

Project Overview

In keeping with its long-term vision to improve our pedestrian and cycling network, the Town has begun work to complete the connector route between Upper Gibsons and Lower Gibsons.

In 2018, a low gradient, multi-use pathway was constructed along one section of Gibsons Way, as well as an at-grade bike lane and separated sidewalk along another section, to create a connector between Lower Gibsons and Upper Gibsons. (See red arrows on map, right.)

This year, we are completing the connector project by constructing a downhill bike lane between School Road and North Fletcher Road (as indicated by the yellow arrows) and modifying North Fletcher so that it is more accessible for all user groups (green arrows).

This will provide cyclists with a more gentle route when riding from Upper Gibsons to Lower Gibsons (as compared to using School Road).

North Fletcher Road

The final phase of the Town’s Connector project envisions bringing North Fletcher up to the Town’s current Local Road standard. This “meandering road” standard features gentle curves, wide flat concrete curbs and a narrower paved surface, which act to naturally slow down vehicles. This makes the road more comfortable for all users, including pedestrians and cyclists. (See below for conceptual drawing and photos of meandering roads within the Town.)

Additionally, the posted speed limit for North Fletcher Road will be dropped from 50km/h to 30km/h and posted as “No Trucks”, to further address consistent feedback regarding vehicles which travel too fast on the street.

In February 2021, Town staff hosted a Zoom call to explain the project to residents who live in the immediate area and answer related questions. The meeting was well-attended and the response from residents was mainly positive.

On March 2, 2021, the Director of Infrastructure Services presented an update on the North Fletcher improvement to Council. Read related Staff Report here.

The diagram below shows the changes planned for the North Fletcher/School Road intersection, which have been designed to increase protections for pedestrians and cyclists, and slow vehicular traffic. While not shown on the drawing, the sidewalk on School Road will be extended from North Fletcher to join the existing sidewalk leading to Lower Gibsons.

 

A meandering road features gentle curves, wide, flat curbs and a narrower paved surface, which act to naturally slow down vehicles. (As seen in Aurora Way neighbourhood.)
Meandering road – Parkland
Meandering road – Parkland