Two new cycling maps launched

Navigating the Tri-Cities on a bicycle might be harder than it should be, but it may have just gotten easier thanks to two new interactive maps.

Cyclists can now plan routes throughout Metro Vancouver based on skill and safety via the CoquitlamConnect app – offered free of charge through the App Store and Google Play.

With information collected by TransLink and HUB Cycling, the newly-upgraded app also features WiFi hotspots, local events and city news.

The map is intended to be part of Coquitlam’s larger campaign to fill in the gaps in the city’s cycling and scootering network.

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“The map is a valuable resource as the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for the city to invest in cycling infrastructure, education and promotion due to a surge in popularity,” a city release stated.

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In order for cyclists to keep abreast of trouble spots around town, Tri-Cities HUB member Dragana Radulovic is asking the folks on two wheels to contribute to the Tri-Cities What We Heard Map.

The map, which launched a month ago, is intended to assist with HUB’s push for better cycling infrastructure.

“We are hoping to collect any kind of feedback regarding cycling in the Tri-Cities. The more diverse voices the better our advocacy efforts,” explained Radulovic, who works on the map in her free time.

Currently, the map includes a note about “almost unrideable” conditions between Shaughnessy and Mary Hill Bypass as well as the need for a bike lane along Guildford Way.

“I plan to keep it updated as we hopefully receive more feedback,” Radulovic stated.

Cyclists can offer comments through [email protected]

Related: Cycling the Tri-Cities: A look at where we are . . . and where we might go

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