Gibsons Connector 2021

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 Gibsons Way 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).

Gibsons Way Downhill Bike Lane

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

North Fletcher Road

The final phase of the Town’s Connector project envisions North Fletcher as a “meandering road.” A meandering road features gentle curves, wide 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 conceptual drawing and photos of meandering roads below for more information.)

Additionally, the posted speed limit for North Fletcher Road will be dropped from 50km/h to 30km/h, to further address consistent feedback regarding vehicles which travel too fast on the street.

This project is in its initial stages; Town staff gathered input from residents whose properties border North Fletcher Road in February 2021, and is expected to report to Council on their findings in Q1 2021.

 

A meandering road features gentle curves, wide 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