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June 27, 2009 16:20 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates Grand Opening of New Central Valley Greenway

New path will cut commuter times, provide environmentally friendly transportation option

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 27, 2009) - Mr. Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, along with Mr. Harry Bloy, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Burnaby-Lougheed and Mr. Tom Prendergast, Chief Executive Officer, TransLink. today attended the official opening of the Central Valley Greenway, a new regional walking and cycling route that connects Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster.

"Our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is committed to improving Canada's many sport trails and pathways for pedestrians, bicyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts," said MP Saxton. "We are pleased to partner in this unique greenway project that will improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and allow people to take in the beautiful Vancouver scenery."

"The Central Valley Greenway will help Burnaby residents be more physically active and reduce their carbon footprint," said MLA Bloy. "I'm proud that the province is partnering with other levels of government and with TransLink to make this project possible."

"I am certain that the beautiful Central Valley Greenway is a key legacy project that will realize the City of Burnaby's vision to create a spectacular network of linear parks that will connect citizens to the natural beauty of Burnaby Lake and other destinations," said Mr. Derek Corrigan, mayor of Burnaby. "This new facility will provide a tremendous asset to future generations as both a transportation and recreation destination."

"Vancouver is excited to be a partner in the Central Valley Greenway that links three cities with a clean transportation route," said Mr. Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver. "Smart partnerships like this will make us the greenest city in the world."

"The new greenway provides a wonderful recreation opportunity for families, as well as a safe route for those who prefer to cycle or walk," said Mr. Wayne Wright, mayor of New Westminster. "Following the shoreline of the Fraser River and winding through local parks, it's a great way to move around Metro Vancouver."

"TransLink is proud to bring together all of these partners today and to host this event celebrating the achievement of the Central Valley Greenway," said Mr. Prendergast. "Making new travel connections for the people of Metro Vancouver with safe and attractive options for active transportation is another step in meeting TransLink's commitment to a more sustainable region."

The construction of the Central Valley Greenway is partially funded by a contribution of up to $3.5 million under Transport Canada's Urban Transportation Showcase Program, which demonstrates, evaluates and promotes effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from urban transportation. Funding was also provided by the Province of British Columbia; the regional transportation authority, TransLink; and the cities of Vancouver, New Westminster and Burnaby.

The Central Valley Greenway (CVG) is a 24-kilometre flat route designed to give cyclists and pedestrians priority on a route of their own. As the spine of the regional cycling network, and mostly separated from traffic, the CVG offers a direct, pleasant and safe route through the region. It provides connections with SkyTrain stations, bus stops and other designated bicycle routes in the three cities. The CVG is an efficient and convenient way to connect destinations, communities and workplaces in the Central Valley of Metro Vancouver.

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BACKGROUNDER

TRANSPORT CANADA'S URBAN TRANSPORTATION SHOWCASE PROGRAM,
THE VANCOUVER SHOWCASE AND THE CENTRAL VALLEY GREENWAY

Transport Canada's Urban Transportation Showcase Program is a $35-million program that demonstrates, evaluates and promotes effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from urban transportation.

The program collaborates with other jurisdictions to gain experience in Canada with green technologies and practices that are used in other countries. Results, lessons learned and other information from these green transportation showcases are measured and published to make it easier for other cities to adopt successful strategies.

Together with regional transportation authorities, municipalities and provinces, the program co-funds a Canada-wide series of green transportation showcases. These showcases combine the purchase of leading-edge technologies with the construction of infrastructure and the enhancement of planning and services to improve transportation in Canadian cities while reducing GHG emissions.

With Transport Canada's support, Greater Vancouver's regional transportation authority, TransLink, is working with Metro Vancouver, and municipal and non-profit partners to carry out six integrated projects to reduce GHG emissions from transportation across the region. Branded as "Six in the City," the showcase features three major construction projects - Transit Villages, the Central Valley Greenway, and the Main Street Transit and Pedestrian Priority project - as well as three other projects, the Goods Movement study, the Hybrid Bus Demonstration project and TravelSmart, a personalized transportation choice marketing program.

The Central Valley Greenway is a new, 24-kilometre walking and cycling route that connects major retail, employment, residential and natural areas from downtown Vancouver through Burnaby and New Westminster. As such, it provides important transportation connections, as well as opportunities for recreation and protection of sensitive ecological areas. The greenway is readily accessible to a large segment of the local population and links three town centres, 11 SkyTrain stations, 23 bus routes, 16 existing bicycle routes and a number of parks. The route follows a shallow valley, known as the Central Valley, running from Vancouver's False Creek through the Burnaby Lake basin and south to the Fraser River in New Westminster.

Coordinated by TransLink, planning for the Central Valley Greenway began in 2003 and involved a new partnership model for cooperation among different jurisdictions and levels of government to implement and maintain a regional cycling and pedestrian facility across municipal borders.

For more information about the program, visit www.tc.gc.ca/programs/environment/utsp/menu.htm.

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Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister,
    John Baird, Ottawa
    613-991-0700
    or
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa
    613-993-0055